Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – If the Apostle Paul would have lived today, he would have used the mass media to evangelize. Launching from this perspective, the Church in Australia has organized a first-time-ever event for the close of the Year of St. Paul: an e-conference on Saint Paul that, thanks to Internet and the new technologies, will be able to be heard and seen simultaneously by all the faithful across Australia. The conference will be interactive and the listeners will be able to participate directly with questions, comments, etc.
The e-conference will focus on the theme: “Paul – The Man, the Mission and Message for Today: igniting his purpose and passion,” and will take place on June 30, at the conclusion of the Year of St. Paul. It is organized by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, with the technical assistance of Broken Bay Institute, and will feature sessions from world renowned Scripture scholars, Brendan Byrne SJ, Michele Connolly RSJ and film, media and communication scholar, Richard Leonard SJ.
The airing will be on the web and will be allow everyone interested to participate.
Bishop David Walker, a member of the Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, praised the initiative that, for the first time will place the entire Church in the country in live communication. “St Paul...would surely have been proud,” the Bishop said, inviting all the faithful to participate in this final event of the Year of St. Paul in Australia. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 25/3/2009)