San Pablo bishop endorses Catholic confab

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Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico with the young people of his diocese (Photo: Catherine Reyes)

STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Sept. 26, 2015 – A high-ranking Filipino clergyman has given his blessing recently to the fourth installment of the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS4), inviting pastors in his episcopal see to support the event and to do what they can to contribute to its success.

“This would give us an opportunity to let others know how vibrant our local church is as well as be able to showcase what our diocese can offer,” shares Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico of San Pablo, CSMSv4’s host diocese, in a Sept. 20 letter to parish priests.

According to the prelate, it is a pleasure to see how working together can help them achieve meaningful goals for the Christian community of San Pablo.

“I would like you and members of your parish youth ministry to be part of the event,” he adds in the same circular.

4 times better

Meanwhile in an interview, CSMSv4 program team head Chrixy Paguirigan told the public not to miss the fourth installment of the summit, boasting its superiority to its first three predecessors.

Paguirigan went on to express pride over how members of YouthPinoy (YP), the team behind CSMSv4, strive to bring the event to a whole new level, making sure all aspects are carefully being attended to.

“The focuses of the summit are also as timely and important as they can get,” she explained, adding that in forming their agenda, they had in mind the best interest of the online faithful.

Online marketing, etc.

From gaming, online marketing, crowdsourcing, content management, and mobile technology, the program head explained CSMSv4 strives to cover all the cyberspace skills and know-hows needed to transform one into an effective online evangelizer.

Paguirigan also praised the people invited to speak in this year’s CSMS, amazed at the diversity of their backgrounds and fields of expertise.

“The best and most awaited part I personally am giddy about is the keynote, ‘Connecting to the Ultimate Power Source,’ to be given no less than by an official of the Vatican Radio, Seàn Lovett.”

Glory to God

In response to the call of online evangelization, she stressed the forthcoming summit will zoom in on the various ways the baptized can connect themselves and others to Jesus Christ, the “Unending and Unbounded Source.”

Themed “Plugged In,” the annual gathering of online missionaries and Catholic netizens seeks to spread the message of Romans 15:16 that all may be one voice in glorifying God, and the homily of Pope Francis at the Manila Cathedral in January where he urged the creation of circles of integrity and networks of solidarity in society.

CSMSv4 is scheduled on Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 at the Sta. Rosa City Hall Building B – Auditorium, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

For registration information and other details, interested parties are advised to visit http://catholicsocialmediasummit.com/v4/index.php/registration-guidelines/. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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