Speak the language of digital natives—Vatican official

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Msgr. Paul Tighe

MANILA, Nov. 23, 2013—To effectively evangelize the digital world, it is necessary that we have to speak in a language that is understandable to today’s generation, a Vatican representative said. 

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Commission on Social Communication in the Vatican, talked about the importance of understanding the language of the digital world in today’s media summit at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. 

The keynote speaker at the Catholic Social Media Summit version2, Msgr. Tighe spoke  to some 400 participants the challenges that confront the Church in the digital culture and of understanding the digital language, among other things, so as to communicate effectively the word of God to today’s social media generation. 

“If we are to share to Good News with our brothers and sisters in the ‘digital continent’, we must speak a ‘language’ they can understand and be present as authentic witnesses to our faith,” he said. 

He said our communication can touch people’s hearts only if we are able “to listen to them and engage seriously with their questions.” 

“We are the ones to engage the people, we need to the tell people that power, popularity, beauty, wealth will not satisfy our life,” he said. 

Tighe challenged participants to become good citizens of the digital world, open to dialogue and to witness to a life that is consistent with evangelization, emphasizing that the language of digital and social communications as being conversational, interactive and dialogical. 

He emphasized the need for convergence and of working together for the church because “we have a Goodnews to share.” 

“We would only become effective communicators, if we ourselves allow the word of God to work in our lives,” he said.

Organized by YouthPinoy in collaboration with the Episcopal Commission on Youth and the CBCP Media Office, the Catholic Social Media Summit is ongoing until tomorrow, Nov. 24. (CBCPNews)

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