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The Challenge to Plug In to the Ultimate Power Source
Thursday, October 29, 2015

CATHOLIC communicators from different dioceses, organizations and religious congregations, including the delegates from the various communication groups of Couples for Christ, gathered at the Sta. Rosa, Laguna City Hall Auditorium for the fourth year of the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS v4.0) last October 10-11, 2015.

The event ocially opened with Holy Mass celebrated by the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office, Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, concelebrated by the priest-delegates in the event. The Hon. Arlene Arcillas, Mayor of Santa Rosa City, welcomed the participants by quoting Pope Francis: “Faith does not remove us from the world, but draws us more deeply into it. Each of us, in fact, has a special role in preparing for the coming of God’s kingdom in our world.” The message was also an affirmation of what Msgr. Quitorio shared in his homily about social media as a responsibility and as a powerful tool to spread God’s message to the world.

The fourth wave of the summit, organized by Youth Pinoy, invited speakers to talk about the ve focus topics: Content management, crowd sourcing, mobile technology, online marketing and gaming.

Sean Patrick Lovett, Vatican Radio’s director of English Language Section and the summit’s keynote speaker, encouraged the participants to be effective social communicators by using what they have and by practicing what they post. He delivered the talk in a creative way, including a brief sketch of how talking to God on the phone would be like. Lovett shared, “Whenever we talk to God, (we) are the ones who hang up. He never hangs up the phone.”

One of the core messages from the summit was also shared by Rommel Lopez, Head of Marketing, Communications, and PR of Knowledge Channel, Inc. He emphasized that the purpose of media is to inform, entertain and educate.

As OMGs or Online Missionaries of God, the challenge posed to the participants was to use social media as a tool to spread and communicate the Gospel and to use technology to enhance each person’s spiritual walk as he or she ‘plugs in’ to God, the Ultimate Power Source. (Yvonne Dolorosa)



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