VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 26, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A Vatican spokesman says that the first World Congress of Catholic TV aims to establish a network of cooperation among such television stations.
“We are organizing a world congress of Catholic television without centralist directive ambitions,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, during today’s presentation of the event.
The congress will be held Oct. 10-12 in Madrid, Spain.
The aim of the event is to establish communion, build the Church and promote coordination among stations, Father Lombardi added.
The initiative also seeks to promote “in the communication world a beautiful experience of the Church, that is, of universal union in variety and diversity,” he said.
This idea of respect of cultures and differences was also stressed by Leticia Soberón Mainero, an official of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, who said that a key topic of the congress will be “Catholic identity on television in the diversity of charisms and cultures.”
Soberón, who coordinates the Digital Network of the Church in Latin America, revealed that the close to 300 Catholic television channels — out of an existing 2,000 — participating in the Madrid congress have been asked to bring “a well-made television program to give out free.”
She also announced the creation of a free “programs bank” precisely to exchange Catholic television productions worldwide.
At the same time, Soberón emphasized that even poor television channels have programs to offer. She observed that one of the objectives of the congress is to encourage the exchange of material between the larger TV channels and smaller and poorer ones.