- Jul 26, 2021
Back in 2018, award-winning Italian journalist Paolo Ruffini broke a glass ceiling in the Vatican by becoming the first lay person to be named head of a Vatican dicastery. He was tapped to run the newly created department for communications, which brought together nine previously independent operations.
The Catholic Communication Campaign “relies on the generosity of Catholics across the country to help us continue to spread the good news, especially during these challenging times,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ subcommittee on the campaign.
In 2006, a lecture by Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in Germany caused a global firestorm because of the way he chose to open it, quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor about Muhammad bringing “things only evil and inhuman.” Muslims took it as a slur, and in the ensuing protests churches were firebombed in the Gaza Strip and an Italian missionary nun was shot to death in Somalia.
It is important to have Christian media that provide quality coverage of the life of the church and that are capable of forming people’s consciences, Pope Francis said.
Regular Massgoers in some parts of the country have been tracked using cellphone location data by at least one organization looking to turn out voters to support specific political candidates.
The composition of the communications team for the meeting gives one reason to hope.