Posts Tagged ‘Church and Social Media’

Priests warned against ‘disparaging’ on social media

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Priests are warned against making ‘disparaging remarks’ on social media in a new safeguarding document drawn up by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. The guidelines, Pastoral Standards and Safe Practices in the Conduct of Ministry, sent to every bishop, secular and religious priest and deacon, set out how to guard against abuse and Read more

App offered free to help NZ Churches contact trace

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Snapp Mobile has released a new service in its app that gives churches a free and easy way to track and register members who want to visit the Church during Alert Level 2. Churchappsnz gives churches two options either to track or register its visitors. The service has already been offered to its 600+ existing Read more

Pacific church leaders turn social media to stay connected

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Technology has been picked up by Pacific church leaders, although Reverend Elama Maea admitted to TVNZ1’s Tagata Pasifika it’s taken a bit of getting used to. “It might take me another couple of weeks or couple months,” Reverend Maea laughed. Continue reading

Innovative efforts to celebrate Easter but you need the internet

Monday, April 6th, 2020
need the internet

Catholic groups big and small are sharing many innovative resources to help New Zealand Catholics celebrate Easter in lockdown. But most of them require access to the internet or satellite television, resources that some elderly, less affluent and rural people may not have access to. A 2019 survey revealed that  in 85%  of decile 1-3 Read more

Easter services may be screened on television in NZ

Sunday, April 5th, 2020
easter services

Negotiations are underway to have Easter services screened on television. “Our celebrations during the Easter period, which for us begins with a Mass on Holy Thursday evening, April 9,  a special service on Good Friday afternoon and a Mass on Easter Sunday morning,” said Lyndsay Freer spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. “Because our Read more

Carmelite sister turned cyber-sleuth attracts world-wide attention

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
stolen statues

American and British publications, including Britain’s Daily Express and New York’s Daily News, have been chasing the story of sister Johanna Penn after the Carmelite sister turned amateur sleuth to recover two stolen statues. A large statue of the Sacred Heart along with a Little Infant of Prague statue, were seen being carried out of Read more

Bishop gives up Twitter – it was an occasion of sin

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Thomas Tobin, the Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island has closed his twitter account. He says it “has become a major distraction,” an “obstacle to my spiritual life” and “an occasion of sin for me and others.” Read more

Alexa, is there a God? a new app for atheists and others

Monday, May 28th, 2018

The Church of England has launched an Amazon Echo “skill” which allows people to ask questions about God, Jesus and prayer. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said the app was designed to help agnostics find out more about faith and the church. Continue reading

How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Catholic Church may be two thousand years old, but its bishops are rapidly adjusting to the demands of 21st-century communication. If the Church is to effectively evangelise in the modern world, a group of bishops argue, its leaders must be engaged online – but in the right way. Bishop Daniel, says, “There’s one thing Read more

PNG’s Bishops bone up on the social media

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
social media

Social communication and networking are the way to keep contacts and stay connected, says Fr. Fabrizio Colombo. Colombo from SIGNIS, was facilitating a session on “Communication and Bishops” at a recent workshop for the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Catholic Bishops’ Conference. “Communication technologies change people and society,” he said. “The Catholic Read more