The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (also known as Santa Croce) in Rome, Italy, combines technical media skill instruction with evangelization training in a communications program, according to EWTN.
The University is educating students to become communications directors who can explain and defend the Faith, while also having practical media skills like conducting radio and television interviews and filming videos. EWTN reports:
Each week “we give them a tough topic of the media, like natural marriage against gay marriage, or abortion and pro-life,” [Fr. Sergio Tapio Velasco, who is in charge of the public speaking and media training program for the Church Communications School at the University] continued, “and so we try to make them face real problems that they will face in the future, in communications.”
…By doing this, “they will be able to help the journalists when they want to do a documentary on some issue of the Dioceses, for example,” [said Jorge Milan, who teaches at the University], noting that the school “is for everybody: priests, seminarians, laypeople.”
Emphasizing how “the Church has been insisting since the Second Vatican Council on the need that we have of working on media, because it's very important,” Fr. Velasco insisted that although we cannot meet everyone in person, “through media communications I can meet thousands of people that in other circumstances would be impossible.”
The University, which is under the guidance of the Curial Congregation for Catholic Education and overseen by Opus Dei, is hosting a seminar at the end of the month on Church communications featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
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