Bishop Pompallier brought new media to the Maori

Last week the Australian Catholic Media Congress took place in Sydney. Monsignor Paul Tighe, a media adviser from the Vatican, told the assembly that new media technologies “enable the forming of community, they have extraordinary potential for the wellbeing of the church”.

In his CathBlog Michael Visontay points out that over 150 years ago, under the leadership of Bishop Pompallier, a printing press was established in Russell, New Zealand. The Church “embraced new media with a zeal and passion that breathed new life into a whole culture, and transformed the lives of thousands of people”.

Michael Visontay is editor in chief of CathNews Australia.

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