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July 14, date set for annual Catholic Social Media Summit

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If the Americans have the 4th of July to celebrate their history, Filipinos will keep sacred the 14th of July for their Catholic faith.

This as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth has approved the holding of the Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS) every July 14 or during the weekend following the mid-year plenary assembly of the bishops in Manila.

ECY Chairman and Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon said the success of the recently-concluded CSMS in Marikina City calls for the annual holding of the event to encourage the Catholic faithful to evangelize the content of social media and cyberspace.

“It was a resounding success. The organizers of the CSMS have made the participants aware that the cyberspace is a ripe field of harvest for evangelization,” he said.

Baylon however said that the second CSMS may be held before July 14 next year in consideration with the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from July 23 to 28.

“It is unrealistic to hold the CSMS a week before the WYD because it will not be practical for the organizers, who may also be busy in individually organizing their organization’s delegation to the WYD,” he added.

The prelate said the date for the second CSMS is not yet definite, “in consideration of the WYD.” But he said that July 14 or the weekend following the CBCP’s mid-year plenary assembly will be saved for the CSMS.

Baylon and Msgr. Pedro Quitorio of the CBCP Media Office consented to the CSMS organizer’s plan to make the summit an annual event for the Catholic faithful especially the youth in the school, parishes, and in Church activities.

The first CSMS gathered around 450 delegates nationwide, with some flying all the way from Davao City and Surigao in Mindanao to attend the event, which is considered the first in the Catholic Church’s history.

But Baylon said “while the CSMS could be unprecendented, it is just typical of the Philippine Church to respond to the challenges of our Mother Church.” It was recalled that the late Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both appealed to the Catholic community to evangelize the internet and make it a pulpit to proclaim the Gospel.

“We respond as much as we could even if our efforts are humble and imperfect. These are efforts are what we do in heeding the call of John Paul II and Benedict to go and evangelize the cyberworld,” he added.

The 1st CSMS was organized by YouthPinoy, +Big Movement, Episcopal Commission on Youth, CBCP Media Office, Episcopal Commission on Mission, Catholic Media Network, and Pontifical Mission Societies. (YouthPinoy)

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