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"I believe that the goal is to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of today, in order to appreciate their desires, their doubts, and their hopes... Do not be afraid to be this presence, expressing your Christian identity as you become citizens of this environment. A Church that follows this path learns how to walk with everybody!" — Pope Francis, address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
The Catholic Communication Campaign is a way that each of us can follow the call to enter into the world of new media and digital networks. Pope Francis emphasized the importance of this endeavor during his first audience with members of the media on March 16, 2013, saying: "Be assured that the Church, for her part, highly esteems your important work." The Pope has given us an example of witnessing through new media, by his tweets and his daily homilies.
Through Internet, social networks, television, radio, and print, the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) helps the Church spread the Gospel message through the media locally and nationally.Half of all donations to the CCC collected in your diocese stay in your diocese to support your local communications needs, such as radio and television programming and diocesan publications.
The CCC collection has provided seed money for many ongoing communication projects including the For Your Marriage and Por tu Matrimonio websites, the audio podcasts of the daily scripture readings, the Catholic Church App, and myUSCCB.
CCC funds facilitated live streaming and coverage by more than 7,000 credentialed media of Pope Francis' 2015 Apostolic Visit to the United States. The CCC also made possible an unprecedented social media effort that produced 2,462 pieces of social content around the Papal visit, including 62 videos. This content resulted in 30 million impressions (the majority driven by Facebook) across channels and 1.65 million video views.
The CCC provides ongoing support for this website (www.usccb.org), USCCB video productions including the reflections on the daily readings, and content development for many of the USCCB's media platforms.
CCC funds also support communications projects in developing nations in Africa, Latin America and other areas of the world where the Church is growing but lacking in resources.The new Cardinal Foley Scholarship program provides funds for training Catholic Communicators from those areas of the world so that they have the tools necessary to spread the Gospel message in the 21st century.
In his message for the 49th World Day for Communications (2015), Pope Francis calls us
to recognize that through communication, "we experience gratitude and joy," and
that "relating our experiences means realizing that our lives are bound
together as a single reality, that our voices are many, and that each is
The Catholic Communication Campaign helps us to grow in faith, worship, and witness. Please be generous when asked to give in your parish. The 2016 collection will take place in most parishes the weekend of May 7-8.
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