Pope Francis has over 3 million Twitter followers in addition to Facebook. If Pope John Paul II was the first modern Pope to embrace the potential of media, Holy Father Francis is the first to embrace the potential of new and social media.
He has called Christians to be present and faithful in social media as a way of pointing to Jesus Christ.
The Catholic New Media Conference is planned for October 19, 2013, in Boston Massachusetts. It a chance for parishes, schools or just interested individuals to take their social media activity to a new level. This is where people are meeting, searching and thinking, so the Church needs to be there too.
The conference features world renowned media practitioners including TV, Radio and New Media expert, Father Roderick Vohnogen; Elizabeth Scalia, author and Managing Editor of Patheos and Patrick Padley, a social media strategist.
I have attended two of the past Catholic New Media Conferences. After each event, I left not only inspired but also equipped with new tools and insights for media minsitry.
You can find information at The Catholic New Media ConferenceWebsite.