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CBCP to present Catholic Social Media Summit to Asian bishops
MANILA, July 31, 2012—The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) was intrigued with the success of the first Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) held in the Philippines, that it even invited a ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to present it to Asian Bishops in a conference on September.
The FABC Office on Social Communications (FABC-OSC) has asked CBCP Media Office director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III to report the recently concluded CSMS to the 8th Bishops’ Institute for Social Communication (BISCOM) conference scheduled from September 3 to 9 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The CBCP Media Office has organized the first CSMS in Marikina City last July 14 to 15 together with online evangelization-oriented group YouthPinoy, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, CBCP Commission on Mission, San Pedro Calungsod lay-movement “+Big,” and many others.
In an invitation letter sent to Quitorio, FABC-OSC executive secretary Fr. Raymond Ambroise said a report on the first CSMS will be in sync with the BISCOM 8 theme “Social Media: Surfing, Networking, Blogging, Gaming, Addiction… Challenges and Opportunities for Communication Ministry in Asia.”
Aside from reporting about the CSMS, Quitorio was asked to present a talk on “Social Media and Evangelization in the Philippines and how is the technology used in faith formation and development.”
In an interview with YouthPinoy, Quitorio confirmed that he accepted the invitation and will present the concept of the CSMS to the FABC and BISCOM.
Quitorio said the Philippine Church has made a record of having organized a CSMS, which is first of its kind in the Catholic world. It was recalled that the Vatican’s call to use the internet as a pulpit to proclaim the Gospel has started during the papacy of Blessed John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI shared his predecessor’s call, even urging the youth to bear witness to their Catholic faith in the digital world.
“We broke the record for organizing the world’s first Catholic Social Media Summit. Who knows, we might even host the first Asian Catholic Social Media Summit,” Quitorio said.
The first CSMS gathered some 450 delegates from archdiocese, dioceses, schools, parishes, and communities from across the archipelago during its two-day assembly at the Riverbanks Convention Center in Markina City. The event even stirred trending posts in Facebook and Twitter.
The success of the CSMS has prompted organizers, including officials of the CBCP, to schedule CSMS every July 14th or the weekend following the CBCP’s midyear plenary assembly. (YouthPinoy)