PASIG City, September 1, 2014—The bishop heading the Church’s social communications commission endorses the upcoming Catholic Social Media Summit v3 (CSMSv3) which YouthPinoy (YP), a band of young online missionaries is organizing in response to Pope Francis’ call for “authentic encounters”.
In a letter dated August 30, Saturday Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media (ECSCMM) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara followed the lead of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan in giving his blessing to what is expected to become this year’s biggest and much-awaited gathering of Catholic social media users and enthusiasts on September 13-14, 2014 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, Provincial Capitol grounds in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Quoting the Holy Father’s recent World Communications Day message to people involved in social communications, Vergara, who also heads the diocese of Pasig, noted, “A culture of encounter needs a listening ear and an understanding heart that listens to different cultures and traditions.”
According to the bishop, every individual needs “to love and be loved”.
This fact, said he, explains why the “world of media is called to tenderness”.
“The digital highway is teeming with people who are hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope,” shared Vergara.
Appealing to young people, he stressed, “We can encounter the risen Lord in every nook and corner of the social media. Every face and network account that comes across our own become the very face of Jesus who longs to love us and whom we can love in return.”
Registration for the event is P800, inclusive of a kit, ID, and meals. A registration of P1,200 per head will include accommodations. For more information, contact Esteve Mata at 0916-2783807; Sher Cuison at 0921-4746638 or through email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.catholicsocialmediasummit.com or www.youthpinoy.com
The CSMS v3.0 is the flagship event of YouthPinoy, a group of online missionaries under the auspices of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Media Office and the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth. (Raymond A. Sebastián)