Catholic Media Promotion Day 2012
On Wednesday, May 23*, we’re asking you to take a one-day break from posting on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, etc… and use that day to reflect on the Pope’s words about the role of silence in communication and evangelization.
Then, on Thursday, May 24, please share the fruit of that day of prayer and silence with everyone, by posting (here) your answer to the question: “What in Catholic Media has had an impact on me during the past year?”
History of Promote Catholicism Day
In his message for the 45th World Communications Day (held on June 5, 2011), Pope Benedict XVI noticed how digital social networks are creating “a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange and the creation of positive relations.”
Catholic Media Promotion Day started as a simple idea that there’s strength in numbers, and by joining together on a single day, we could all play a major role in getting the word out about the amazing things happening in Catholic New Media.
So, on March 15, 2011, the very first Catholic Media Promotion Day was held where everyone with a blog, podcast, or Facebook page would list their favorite 3 blogs, 3 podcasts, 3 other media, 3 random Catholic things online, as well as their own projects. Additionally, participants were asked to go to iTunes on that single day and leave at least 3 positive reviews for various Catholic podcasts and 3 positive written reviews for Catholic mobile applications.
The response to the first Catholic Media Promotion Day was nothing short of stellar, with thousands of participants offering their favorites, and sharing them with the world.
A Simple Form of Evangelization
In his message for the 45th World Communications Day (to be held on June 5, 2011), Pope Benedict XVI notices how digital social networks are creating “a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange and the creation of positive relations.”
Hopefully our contributions to Catholic Media Promotion Day will allow many to experience Catholic life, teaching and spirituality as a “holy exchange of gifts.”
Every day is a good day to promote Catholic media. Make a point of sharing with your friends and social networks your favorite Catholic media and in doing so answer the call to be missionaries on this new digital continent.
The Pope calls not only for action, but also for an ever-deepening reflection upon the meaning of our activity on the web: “In the digital age too, everyone is confronted by the need for authenticity and reflection. Besides, the dynamic inherent in the social networks demonstrates that a person is always involved in what he or she communicates. When people exchange information, they are already sharing themselves, their view of the world, their hopes, their ideals. It follows that there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically.”
Throughout each year we have a chance to live out the Holy Father’s words by sharing our experiences using these new means of communication. By doing so, in the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are New Evangelizers on this planet, Christ’s witnesses to the ends of the digital world!