Brisbane (Agenzia Fides) – The Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) will be holding its annual Convention in Brisbane, October 1-3, in order to focus on religious news in the area of the Pacific Islands and examine whether or not Catholic media is advancing in its response to the main problems and challenges there.
The ACPA, which was founded in 1956, has over 90 members throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and in southeast Asia. Its purpose is to promote the principles and practices set out in the Second Vatican Council's decree on the mass media and in subsequent social instructions on the mass media. Full membership of ACPA is open to Catholic newspapers, magazines, newsletters and online journals produced in Australasia.
The upcoming Convention in Brisbane is an occasion for encounter, discussion, and verification. The themes to be addressed include: the new technology in communications; useful means of approaching a younger audience; the opportunities implied in the use of “new pulpits” in evangelizing, such as blogs; specific formation of the laity in social communications; the need for news sources in dioceses and Church movements; coordination and networking among the Catholic media sources in the Pacific Islands. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 29/09/2008)