Online missionaries organize confab on ‘authentic encounters’

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MANILA, July 9, 2014 — Taking on Pope Francis’ challenge to be digital Good Samaritans, YouthPinoy (YP), a group of young Filipino “online missionaries”, is organizing the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) version 3.0 on September 13 – 14 which will focus on the need for authentic encounters.

YouthPinoy president Sky Ortigas gives a talk on social media evangelization to parish youth in Manila. (Photo: YouthPinoy)

“As we encounter people online, we also need to have real encounters with them offline. It means that what you do online should be the same as who you are offline,” YP president Sky Ortigas said in an interview.

Ortigas, who headed the first two CSMSs in 2012 and 2013, said nowadays, it is easy to equate personal connections with being online.

“Being connected is not simply being online,” she stressed, saying even with the seeming dominance of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, there is a need to go back to the offline world.

Ortigas pointed out, Catholics should put the digital media at the service of evangelization with the purpose of reaching out to souls—to the “unchurched”—by cultivating “deep personal relationships”.

For the first time since it debuted in 2012, the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS), not yet quite out of the comforts of Metro Manila, will be taking Pangasinan by storm, where “V3” (version three) of the event will be held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, Lingayen in a serious bid to reach the grassroots.

For more information, visit www.catholicsocialmediasummit.com or Contact Sher +63921-4746638 or Esteve +63916-2783807. Interested parties may also email catholicsocialmediasummit@gmail.com  (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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