/Jose Vallikatt

About Jose Vallikatt

Jose Vallikatt, belonging to MST, has specialised in the interdisciplinary area of media, religion and culture. He writes on various issues related the Church and media in publications and online sites. He is the founder and CEO of CONNECT, and edits websites such as www.arpanam.com and www.allaboutconnect.com

Changing Habits

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

I was walking my way to the parish church for the morning Mass. Suddenly I heard a loud music approaching me from behind. I turned back to find a young lady walking at the pace of music being played aloud in her mobile phone. In one of the media literacy sessions in a Kanpur school, [...]

Let Us Connect

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

As we were travelling in Delhi Metro both of us noted something fascinating but not uncommon today. Everyone around us in the metro car was connected with one or other electronic mobile device. Most of them had their ears plugged with a wired headphone to connect with the mobile device. Some made this connection through [...]

Curious Case of Digital Youth

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

Approximately ten years ago Delhi was shocked by an MMS that went viral! It was November 2004 and Delhi was shivering with cold. This MMS became the hottest news in all channels, arousing much public interest. Those who still grapple as to what an MMS is, it’s the abbreviation for Multimedia Messaging Service. It was [...]

10 Ways to Improve Church Communication

By | May 5th, 2016|Vallikatt|

A prelate, who was responsible for social communications in the Indian Church, was commenting about the “urgency” of Catholic communication in a video interview I was monitoring two years ago. This sense of urgency, he said, was a highlight of Inter Mirifica (IM), the Vatican II document that ignited the revolution of social communications within [...]

Catholic Communities and New Media

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

This paper expounds the nature of community in the early Christianity and suggests ways and means to found and foster communities through new media in the postmodern age after that model. In the process this paper not only explores some postmodern ecclesiological perspectives but also elucidates the characteristics of new media that parallel the characteristics [...]

Literacy in the digital era

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

Many think that literacy is the skill of reading and writing. Of course reading and writing are basic features of literacy, but one becomes completely literate only when they are able to think critically about the written or spoken word as well as to conceptualise and state his/her own ideas coherently. In this information age [...]

New Cultures and Mission Ad Gentes

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

We live in a world which is constantly being updated. There was a time - the print era - in which we had to wait till next day morning to get an update of news or to reach a personal message across to a friend. Whereas in the electronic era of Television people waited a [...]

The Francis Age and Catholic Communications

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Pope Francis has just released his third World Communications Day Message on 24th January. The theme of the day - Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter obviously, has been chosen to locate the significance of communication within the larger gamut of the celebration of the Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has positively geared the global [...]

Communicating mercy

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

On 17 December 2014 the world woke up to quite unexpected glad news. Cuba and the US amicably resolved one of the world’s thorniest Cold War conflicts existed between them. However, the highlight of the news was Pope Francis who brokered the diplomatic talks between the countries. He played a crucial role in smoothing the [...]

Solidarity: A Vital Virtue

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Not many Catholics have thought ‘solidarity’ in relation to their faith. Many do understand solidarity as a political force in the society and not as connected with their spiritual practices and devotions. Ignorance about the Catholic Social Doctrine may be a possible reason for this. In one of his recent speeches Pope Francis was urging [...]