Next year promises to be a big year in communications for the Church. First, Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated World Communications Day 2010 to the theme "The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: new media at the service of the Word."
The need for priests to realize they can evangelize through new media is critical, and ties in well with the Year for Priests. World Communications Day is observed the Sunday before Pentecost.
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is also slated to meet this month to decide whether to produce a new document on modern media and the new culture of communications that has arisen in recent years. It's been nearly two decades since the last major document on communications -- "Aetatis Novae" ("At the Dawn of a New Era") -- and two decades is a lifetime considering what's transpired in the world of communications since then.
All of this ties in well with The B.C. Catholic's expanding parish circulation program this Christmas, when the paper will be going into more Catholic homes than ever before.