Will the Vatican Establish a Secretariat for Communications? And What Would That Mean for Bloggers?

Attendees at the Vatican Blog Meeting May 2, 2011

News this morning out of Rome:  Giacomo Galeazzi, writing for Vatican Insider, reports that the Vatican is considering establishment of a Secretariat for Communications, which would be a dicastery of the Roman Curia having oversight responsibility similar to that of the newly established Secretariat for the Economy.If the Secretariat is established, it will be a centralized structure which would coordinate offices including the Vatican Press Office, the Pontifical Council for Social … [Read more...]

ROME, WITH A SMILE. It’s Different There.

First, a little laugh at my expense.I used to do conference and event planning.  Our guests were accustomed to finer things, and so we set out to give them “the best”—whatever that was.  Perhaps it meant that we had a special treat delivered to their rooms each day, when they were at the conference events.  One day it might be a chocolate bar in the shape of the corporate logo.  Next day, a crystal picture frame.  Then, an autographed book….So I talked, as I packed for my Rome trip, about … [Read more...]

PILGRIMS DESCEND ON ROME FOR JPII BEATIFICATION: A Photo Montage

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.Attending the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, I met so many really interesting people from around the world.  From college students to backpacking nuns…. Polish families with young children to an elderly Slovakian couple….  Writers and reporters and editors and publishers….  So many people from so many places, unified in their love for Pope John Paul II and for the Church. … [Read more...]


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