Asian bishops gather for pastoral leadership seminar

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MANILA, July 18, 2013—At least one cardinal and 17 bishops are gathered in a week-long seminar on pastoral leadership in Bangkok to discuss and reflect on their roles as pastoral leaders of their respective dioceses.

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Msgr. Pedro Quitorio

Organized by the Central Secretariat of Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, the seminar is being held at the FABC Documentation Centre from July 15-20 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Among the rosters of speakers is Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, media director of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, who will speak on the significance of using the new media in the proclamation of the Gospel.

Scheduled to speak today and tomorrow, Quitorio will discuss the importance of understanding the dynamics of media and communication skills in response to the call for new evangelization.

He will explore the impact of social media and the internet in general in today’s society and how the Church can effectively utilize the digital media as a platform  for communicating the gospel.

Other speakers include Mumbai Archbishop Oswald Cardinal Gracias, President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and of FABC; Daet Bishop Gilbert Garcera, who is also the seminar’s program coordinator; Fr. Jesus Augusto Angeles, Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy, Religious and Seminarians and former Executive Secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Seminaries; Mr. Prakai Cholahan, Director of ACAP Advisory Public Company, Ltd; and Mr. Prachuab Trinikorn, Advisor of Banpu Public Company, Ltd, Thailand.

Topics during the seminar are Leadership Spirituality given by Garcera; Becoming a Change Leader by Cholahan; Effective Pastoral Leadership by Trinikorn; Social Media and the Skills of Listening by Quitorio; and Relationship with Priests and  Seminarians by Angeles. (CBCPNews)

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