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Catholic Digital Media Conference to Address Spreading the Gospel Online

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Catholic Digital Media Conference to Address Spreading the Gospel Online

“Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone.” - Pope Francis, Message for world Communications Day 2014.

The front doors of our Churches should always be open. They should welcome people of all backgrounds, inviting them to participate in the life of the Church and to learn more about Christ.

But how can we draw people physically to enter the front doors of our Churches, without first introducing the message of Christ in spaces that may be lacking in Christian influence. Pope Francis answers this question in his message for World Communications Day this year, in which he challenges Christians to embrace the digital environment, and use it as a means to draw people towards Christ.

New technologies are not just an ‘added extra’, they have become an active environment, a “place”, with millions and millions of people connecting, searching for answers, and discovering good as well as bad. We are online when at work, at home, on the train or bus, in parks, restaurants, at conferences... we are always connected. And with 80% of Australian internet users active on social networks, the Catholic Church needs to be in this space more than ever.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in 2013 described the world of social media as the “new agora” – i.e. a meeting place. Just like the first Christians used the agora in the public squares and market places 2,000 years ago to share the message of Christ, we are the Christians of the 21st century who need to use this new agora to share what is good and what is true.

So how can we do this? First and foremost our online behaviour, just like our offline behaviour, should always demonstrate a Christ-centred love for others. Secondly, we need to keep up to date with the latest trends and online crazes, taking note of what is going ‘viral’ and channelling this craze to bring people closer to Christ. Thirdly, we need to constantly form and develop our social media skills through online courses and conferences.

Those who live in Australia and New Zealand are fortunate enough to develop their social media skills by attending the Catholic Digital Media Conference (CDMC) from 19-20 August in Sydney – the first conference in Australia dedicated to the use of new technology to spread the Gospel message. CDMC attendees will be inspired and challenged to join in this important work using new media and social media to spread the Gospel message.

Guest speakers include Americans Greg and Jennifer Willits, hosts of The Catholics Next Door podcast series, Fr Richard Healey, Australia's blogging and podcasting priest, Daniel Ang is Director of Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, as well as Scotty McDonald, Youth Coordinator for Ignite Youth.

The team from is looking forward to attending this year’s CDMC as conference participants. We will also be presenting a workshop on ‘how-to’ podcast, demonstrating some tips and techniques and sharing our experience podcasting events around Australia.

Registrations for the Catholic Digital Media Conference are closing shortly – don’t miss out! Visit and register today.

CDMC guest speakers - Greg and Jennifer Willits, hosts of The Catholics Next Door

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