CBCP tells bishops to create blogs

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has asked Filipino bishops to create blogs as a way to make them ” accessible to the faithful, particularly to the youth.”

CBCP information officer Mark Inigo Tallara said, in this Sun.Star Manila article, that they will be creating blogs for bishops holding ecclesiastical jurisdictions or about 90 of the 119 bishops in the country. “Hopefully, we would be able to accomplish 50 percent of the task before the year ends,” he said.

Bishops who already have blogs include Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz who said he created the online journal to follow the call of the late Pope John Paul II to use the Internet in new forms of evangelization. Blogs of bishops are listed at the CBCP website.

Cebuano priest Stephen Cuyos, a blogger and podcaster based in Rome, wrote in the Sun.Star Blog Chronicles last August 4 that Church leaders should look at the blog world as “a new place and opportunity for leaders of faith communities to dialogue with the online world.”

Cuyos, in his post “Why Church leaders should blog,” gave three reasons for church leaders to evangelize online: to reach and enrich, to proclaim and explain, and to accompany and guide. Read Fr. Cuying’s excellent post by clicking here.

Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI

The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope. As an editor for a community newspaper in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, the selection of a new pope is a big event.

All the pages in today’s issue for Sun.Star Cebu were finished and we were just awaiting the results of the next round of voting in the conclave. I was reading Wikipedia’s entry on the Prophecy of the Popes when smoke started coming out of the Sistine Chapel chimney. I was sure it was white and fellow editor Carmel agreed with me. Everyone in the newsroom then started gathering in front of the TV sets.

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