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The FABC-OSC co-publishes in April the first two volumes of Communicatio Socialis Prints (CSP), a collection of scientific researches in religion and social communication. Volume 1 titled “Social Communication in Theological Perspective: Communication Theology” is written by Fr. Anh Vu Ta, while volume 2 titled “Social Communication Formation in Seminaries and Schools of Theology: An Investigation” is by Rev. Virgilio F. Ciudadano, Jr. CSP is jointly published by St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center Inc. (JFCC), Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC), and the MAT-SPC (Master of Arts in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication) program in the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School.

Sharing Pastoral Resources for the 49th World Communication Day

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 2015 World Communications Day to be celebrated on 17 May, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. As in previous years, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS) is encouraging everyone around the globe to share pastoral resources prepared by journalists and media offices of the local church. Links to these resources will be featured on the Council's website, Of particular interest are audiovisual or multimedia presentations on the theme.

One of the roles of the PCCS is to "encourage and support the Church, and her faithful, in the production and distribution of the many forms of communication which exist". Dioceses, communities, associations, and other Church communicators are welcome to share links to the pastoral resources they have prepared on the theme to, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The information will be posted on our website:

JFCC workshop explores Church communication documents

St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center invites pastoral leaders, communication students and educators to the "Church Documents on Social Communication" workshop on April 27-28. Registration starts at 8am on April 27.

Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers will facilitate the workshop bringing in decades of experience in the communication ministry here and abroad.

Fr. Eilers has also authored many books on the subject including at least three anthologies of Church documents stretching as far back to the Bible, the first book of God's communication.

JFCC Mourns Death of Msgr. Petro Nguyen Van Tai

Long-time program director of Radio Veritas Asia, Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai, died on April 21 in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. He was 67.

In 2012, Msgr. Tai served as assistant to the Papal Legate of the 10th Plenary Assembly of FABC (Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences) December 10-16 in Xuan Loc diocese east of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

"Qualitative Data Analysis" Workshop set on May 21-22

JFCC invites graduate and post-graduate researchers to its workshop offering titled "Qualitative Data Analysis" on May 21-22. Facilitator will be communication research stalwart Dr. Ma. Stella C. Tirol from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Participants are expected to bring raw data for discussion. Registration fee is P3,000.

Meanwhile, two more workshops are slated for April and May this year:

April 27-28 "Church Documents on Social Communication"

May 25-26 "Pastoral Communication"

Facilitator will be author and professor, Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd. Pastoral workers, clergy and religious are welcome. Call 938-4006 or 732-7170 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ARC announces theme for 8th International Roundtable

The 8th International Roundtable of the "Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication" (ARC) is set for October 20-22, 2015 at Assumption University, Bang Na, Bangkok.

This year's theme "Religions in Digital Asia: An Exploration" will reflect and discuss how religions thrive, express themselves, adopt and are affected by the new digital world of the continent.

The Center is now accepting abstracts and upon approval, full papers will have to be submitted by July end.

Download "Call for Papers"

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