Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The third edition of the multimedia training course entitled "Communication is Mission", has been approved and is being prepared, promoted by the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, in collaboration with the Pontifical Missionary Union and Agenzia Fides.
Like previous editions, the 2021-2022 academic year will last one academic year and will offer training in the field of communication and multimedia to priests, men and women religious, lay people of the Churches that belong to the jurisdiction of the Dicastery of “Propaganda Fide”. The specific objective is to promote among pastoral workers in Asia, Africa, America, Oceania a mentality that considers the mass media as a means to spread the Gospel. The course is aimed above all at students residing in international colleges of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), but also welcomes other pastoral agentsfrom the Churches of the territories linked to the CEP.
The training, organized by the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, uses methodological, theoretical and practical tools on multimedia communication to teach how to tell stories, news, events and experiences that characterize the mission of the Church in the contemporary world. In the event that the restrictions imposed by the pandemic do not allow face-to-face training, the training will make use of a web platform already equipped for educational use.
The Course was born on the impulse of the Pope's Message for the XLVIII World Communications Day of 2014, where Pope Francis affirms that "communication helps to shape the missionary vocation of the whole Church".
The didactic program is divided into two semesters, from October 2021 to May 2022, and includes the study and laboratory experimentation of audio-visual language, radio, web, photography and writing. Registration is open until September 26, 2021. The Pontifical Missionary Union offers scholarships to those registered. (Agenzia Fides, 6/9/2021)