MANILA, Nov. 18, 2016— A Catholic symposium on social media seeks to make a difference for the environment, highlighting Pope Francis’ second encyclical Laudato Si’.
Now on it’s fifth year, the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv5) will be about maximizing the use of online communication channels to help save the planet, particularly in disaster preparedness and response.
With the theme “Impact: Laudato Si and Social Media,” organizers said the event seeks to tap social media’s potential to muster a vast green army.
Sky Ortigas, formation head of CSMSv5, said when it comes to protecting the environment, people need information and to be able to disseminate it, effective tools are needed.
“And the big arena is the social media. The young people of today’s generation are there,” said Ortigas.
“We also would like to answer Pope Francis’ urgent call in protecting our common home. And as online missionaries, we can answer that call through the creativity of using our technology,” she said.
The CSMS is organized annually by YouthPinoy, an alliance of young “online missionaries” who bear witness to their Catholic faith through the internet.
For several years, it has been an avenue for keeping Church workers updated with the latest trends in social media as a potent platform in advancing moral and social advocacies.
The event, which will be held at the Hotel H20 in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 19, is open to social media enthusiasts, the youth, clergy, missionaries, and communicators.
The summit was first held in 2012 with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila as keynote speaker.
Subsequent CSMS also featured international speakers such Vatican’s media guru Bishop Paul Tighe and Sèan-Patrick Lovett, director of Vatican Radio’s English Language Section.
Last year, the summit featured television personality Maine Mendoza and comedian Wally Bayola of Eat Bulaga’s KalyeSerye segment, who were the recipients of the first Catholic Social Media Awards.
For CSMSv5, YouthPinoy has invited experts who will talk about disaster preparedness and some ongoing initiatives to go green using social media. (CBCPNews)