WASHINGTON—The U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in an ongoing effort to moreeffectively reach Hispanic and Spanish-speaking Catholics, has launched aSpanish-language page on the social-networking site Facebook. The page, whichcan be found at www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol,will feature a variety of updates from USCCB on news, issues of concern to theCatholic Church and faith-building resources.
"Hispanics make up 16 percent of thetotal U.S. population, almost 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, and 50 percent ofU.S. Catholics under age 25," said Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City,chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications. "It is criticallyimportant to engage this demographic, especially through the expanding field ofsocial media, and provide them with accurate, quality information thatencourages them to grow in their faith."
In a video message posted in Spanishon the new page, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman ofUSCCB's Committee on Cultural Diversity, said the bishops "are grateful for therich contributions of culture and faith that Hispanics bring to this countryand to our Catholic Church," and invited them "in a spirit of faith andkindness" to use the new page to "communicate and dialogue with us."
Content posted to the page willinclude the essay "Cosas Ordinarias, amor extraordinario: Mother Teresa andLatin America" by TIME Magazinewriter David Van
Biema,which depicts Mother Teresa's missionary work from Tijuana, Mexico to Chile.The author describes her work with the poor and how the Missionaries of Charityare established in 65 cities in Latin America. Additionally, photos will showMother Teresa in her early years helping the poor and sick, her connection toOur Lady of Guadalupe and Shrine in Tijuana built in her name.
USCCB has moderated anEnglish-language page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usccbsince 2009. It is currently "Liked" by over 40,000 people. USCCB also providesEnglish and Spanish feeds on Twitter at http://twitter.com/usccband http://twitter.com/USCCBEspanol.
The launch of the page coincideswith Hispanic Heritage Month.Concurrently, USCCB'sSecretariatfor Cultural Diversity announced new statistics that reflect the acceleratedgrowth of Hispanic presence in dioceses and archdioceses nationwide.States including North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippiand Tennessee have experienced over 100 percent growth over the last decade,according to the U.S. Census. The information is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/hispanic-latino/demographics/
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