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Pope Francis calls on faithful to use the internet to offer “real reasons for hope” http://ow.ly/slmTE
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“Therefore, the internet is not enough; technology is not enough,” Pope Francis continued. “This, however, does not mean that the Church's presence online is useless; on the contrary, it is essential to be present, always in an evangelical way, in what, for many, especially young people, has become a sort of living environment; to awaken the irrepressible questions of the heart about the meaning of existence; and to show the way that leads to Him who is the answer, the Divine Mercy made flesh, the Lord Jesus.” http://ow.ly/ryft7
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What are your top 10 ten tweets from @Pontifex in Pope Francis' first 7 months? List them at this survey: http://ow.ly/pPV5X
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We just had the pleasure and honor of welcoming Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Pope Francis' apostolic nuncio to the United States, to our office and tell him a little of what we do in new media.
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Jonathan Sullivan with a great webinar on using your Parish Website to power your Adult Faith Formation. http://ow.ly/kcozs
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While there are many and greater concerns when a major storm like a blizzard hits, parishes with online giving don't have to worry about missing a week's offertory. Online giving lets parishes have confidence in budgeting for their needs, including snow removal. There are many good providers. Boston parishes: Let us advise you.
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A good lesson here from the Vatican for all those who work in Catholic new media. Attacks and insults are no reason to stop doing the important work we do of spreading the Gospel, but instead to redouble our efforts.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/vatican-defends-popes-twitter-account-despite-attacks/2013/01/24/5408b194-666d-11e2-889b-f23c246aa446_story.html
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In the Archdiocese of Boston, on any given weekend, about 250,000 people attend Mass. Let's assume that 80 percent of them carry cell phones -- that's 200,000. A Pew Research Center study in May of 2013 determined that 40 percent of cell phone users use those phones to access social media sites, like Facebook. So, each weekend, some 80,000 people attending Mass in the Archdiocese are able to post on Facebook from their cell phones. Now, how many "friends" a Facebook user has is strongly dependent on their age. I'm 50, and in my age group the average number of friends is 183. For someone age 18-24, the average number is 510. Let's use 200 as our overall average, which is conservative. If all of the 80,000 people who both go to Mass and can access Facebook from their cell phones were to "check in" when they get to Mass, what would happen? Sixteen million times, people would see "I'm at Mass at ..." Every weekend. That sort of simple action can begin to change the prevailing concept that "no one goes to Mass anymore." And, the change would be most strongly felt among the very population that we need most strongly to evangelize. And ... perhaps most importantly of all, the person who has made the post now begins to adopt the identity of an evangelizer. http://ow.ly/rIwfU
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This priest is using Geolocation on his smartphone and social media in the service of the New Evangelization. http://ow.ly/r11gG
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Cardinal Seán O’Malley and the Board of Trustees for iCatholic Media has announced the appointment of Father Robert Reed as Interim President & CEO. iCatholic Media oversees and coordinates Catholic TV, The Pilot, Pilot New Media, Pilot Bulletins and Printing, and “The Good Catholic Life” radio program.

“We are pleased that Fr. Reed has agreed to serve as Interim President & CEO,” said Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ, Chairperson of iCatholic Media. “Fr. Reed brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position. He understands the ever-changing dynamics of media and has a track record of building CatholicTV into a national television presence, utilizing multiple and integrated platforms. We are blessed by his willingness to share his many gifts in service to the Church.”

Ordained a priest in 1985, Fr. Reed served in parishes in Malden, Norwood, Dorchester, Haverhill and most recently as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman, MA. He was appointed to direct CatholicTV in May, 2005 and has collaborated in the rebranding and expansion of the network along with the build-out of a new HD broadcast and production facility.

Fr. Reed is also Director of the Radio Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Boston and often assists at Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish in Newton and St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Father Reed was born in Boston and prepared for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He holds a Masters Degree in Television Management from Boston University's College of Communication.

A process is beginning, under the leadership of Sr. Marian and the Board of Trustees, to determine the long term goals and operations for iCatholic Media and how the entity can best serve the Church.
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Early bird registration is open for Massachusetts residents until June 17. Register now to ensure you will have a seat because space is limited and this will sell out. Learn tips, techniques, and best practices for evangelization using new media to evangelize inactive Catholics and others.

http://www.pilotnewmedia.com/2013/06/09/the-catholic-new-media-conference-is-coming-to-boston-this-october/
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Effective communications in an emergency is important, even if you just need to let people know of cancelled events. Happily, new media present a slew of new tools for any parish to use for free or for low-cost.
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We are part of the Pilot Media Group, within the Catholic Media Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Boston. Our mission is to use and help the parishes and ministries of the Archdiocese to engage in outreach, formation, and evangelization initiatives using all the new media platforms available today and in the future.
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