José Miguel Encarnação, editor of O Clarim delivered a paper entitled “China—Media Communication and Church Archives: Two Forms of Evangelization” during the 9th Professional Seminar for Church Communications Offices at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross’ School of Church Communications in Rome. The seminar was held from the 28th to the 30th of April, and dwelt on the theme “Church Communications: Creative Strategies for Promoting Cultural Change.”
The aim of the seminar was to provide positive experiences and networking opportunities among communication professionals as well as tools for communicating the faith with creativity in the public square. The organizers of the program explained that “when the Gospel is incarnated into lifestyles, ideas, and cultures, a creative force is born that is capable of changing the world.” For the church communicator, the challenge is how to communicate this in a secular and pluralistic society.
Among those who took part in the seminar were the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who spoke about the cultural challenges for Church communicators; the Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philipe Barbarin who delivered a paper on the family as an opportunity for communication; and Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls, press secretary of Saint John Paul II, with a paper entitled “Holiness and Communication: the Figure of St John Paul II.”