Young adults told: generate 'joyful noise' for Pope

Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year Julie Etchingham

Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year Julie Etchingham

Around thirty five 18-30 year olds are receiving training in how to generate 'joyful noise' across the 'digital continent' in the run up to the Papal Visit to the UK this September.

The first of the training days in London last week saw young Catholics being given an insight into the ever evolving social media landscape and encouraged to embrace all the tools and apps available to profile the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to England and Scotland.  The initiative is a collaboration between the CCN - the media arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, the Archdiocese of Liverpool and social media marketiers 'Make Happy'.

It comes as a direct response to Pope Benedict XVI's World Communications Day message last year:

"Brothers and Sisters, I ask you to introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives.

"It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this "digital continent". Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm. You know their fears and their hopes, their aspirations and their disappointments: the greatest gift you can give to them is to share with them the "Good News" of a God who became man, who suffered, died and rose again to save all people."

The Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, the Right Reverend John Arnold commended the young people in their work: "It is incredibly important work - it is an immense responsibility and privilege that you have of communicating the Gospel in the 21st century using all the digital means available."

Guest speaker, Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year and practising Catholic Julie Etchingham, inspired the young trainees with a talk about the media and coverage of the Papal Visit.

The London training day took place at the Bishops Conference last Thursday.  The Liverpool training day will take place on Friday 9 July.

Young Catholics came from the dioceses of Southwark, Westminster, Nottingham, Plymouth, A&B, Clifton, Brentwood and Menevia to attend the London training day.

Source: CCN

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