Being born at the time and age when New Media, primarily Social Media and Social Networks, are becoming the primary source of information, YouthPinoy (a group of Online Missionaries), took the challenge to use ‘New Media’ as a channel to reintroduce Christ to the people and be contributory to the New Evangelization.
With the battle cry ‘Wining the World through the World,’ our main Vocation is to use the gift of Social Media to reintroduce Christ’s Love, as well as forge intellectual and spiritual exchange online and immerse within the community to promote and carry out social teachings of the Church (performing social action) the world needs today.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s call for evangelization on digital media has prompted the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to establish an online community of young Catholic Filipinos coming from different parishes, academes, and dioceses present nationwide.
Through the supervision of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, director of the CBCP Media, a group of youth ministers, missionaries and coordinators were organized to work in setting up a website that will serve as rich information portal of the events, updates and activities within the youth apostolate.
The group has come to be called YouthPinoy and its website as WWW.YOUTHPINOY.COM. With the website up and running, inspired how the Pope sees the internet as the “best medium” for the young to evangelize their peers, friends, classmates, and colleagues, we will be “evangelizing the youth through their fellow youth.”
As we have experienced, many people in this generation have misused and abused the ‘New Media’ either divulging inappropriate information, cyber bullying or unacceptable behavior exposed online, YouthPinoy – the Online Missionaries of God – is dedicated to eradicate this culture both online through the New Evangelization and offline through social actions.
THE ONLINE MISSION
With the use of New Media, YOUTHPINOY aims to “Establish connection and credibility by setting trends and leading young people to Christ, presenting innovative techniques, utilizing young people’s talents to reveal the ‘Realities of Life’ by extending beyond the peripheries and building a network of young people committed to development through social action”
YOUTHPINOY also aims to:
- Advance the Holy Father’s call for the evangelization of the digital continent, that is the Internet and use the new media to proclaim the Gospel
- Establish a network of online missionaries from young Catholics in the parishes, dioceses, academes, and communities sporadically existing nationwide through a website that will serve as a rich information portal.
- Minister new media evangelization through projects, seminars and forum to its members and advance the Catholic Church’s stand on socio-political issues among the youth ministry in general.