"Among the wonderful technological discoveries ... " so begins Inter Mirifica, the Decree on the Means of Social Communication, issued 50 years ago, December 4, 1963, as one of the first fruits of the Second Vatican Council, in which "the Church Catholic believes it is her duty to make use of the instruments of social communication to spread the message of salvation and to teach men the right use of the same tools."
It is a historical fact, of vital importance for the Church. Since then, things have changed a lot, also as regards changes in the ways and means to communicate. Now the media are not only used, but it lives within the world and have become omnipresent.
The challenge for us is how to be faithful to the vocation and mission of the Church and of the Congregation, while we are inserted in this constantly changing society. I invite you to browse www.intermirifica50.va, there you can see the presentation of the decree. I'd like to see how your eyes will be opened, as you marvel at, or maybe laugh as well ... because everything changes, only God and His love is forever.
I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Sociall Communication Department, to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2014:
Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me. (Benedict XVI)
Br. Ephrem, Br. José Luis, Br. Felipe, Fr. Mario, Fr. Bruno, Alessandro, Gian Francesco, Fabiana
Newsletter December 2013