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ARC Roundtable in 2012 set for Ahmedabad

The “Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication” (ARC) will hold its 5th International Roundtable on October 16-19, 2012 at Mudra Institute for Communications Ahmedabad in India. About 25 invited scholars will share their recent studies on the theme “Religious Communications in a Multi-Religious Setting.” ARC is based at Saint John’s University in Bangkok, Thailand. It was established through a Roundtable organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication in 1999. 210212

Book on Intercultural Communication Released

JFCC Board member, Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd has released the updated edition of his "Communicating Between Cultures, An Introduction to Intercultural Communication" on Jan 17, 2012. This title has been widely used as standard reference book in different schools, seminaries and universities. Previous editions were also published in India and Indonesia. This 224-page book uniquely explores Intercultural Communication from a Christian and theological perspective. The special challenges of Intercultural Communication to Christian witness and Christianity, with the growth of intercultural communities in both online and offline worlds, are brought to fore and supported in the considerations of this book. (From Foreword) Fr. Eilers directs the  Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) at Saint John's University in Bangkok, Thailand. He is founder/coordinator of the MAT-SPC program (Masters in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication) at the Graduate School of University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Order "Communicating Between Cultures, An Introduction to Intercultural Communication" from Logos (Divine Word) Publications, Manila email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   170112

Vatican Document ‘Communio et Progressio’ Celebrated

The Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila held a one-day international symposium on “40 Years of ‘Communio et Progressio’” at the UST Graduate School’s Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC) on Nov 12, 2011.

Some 100 participants came to celebrate the Pastoral Instruction released by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications on May 23, 1971 to complement the Vatican II Decree “Inter Mirifica.”

Bishops, Church Leaders Learn Social Media Tools for Ministry

(Hualien, 16 Nov 2011) More than 30 bishops, priests, religious and lay people from 10 Asian countries learned different social media tools during the 16th annual FABC-OSC Bishops’ Meet in Hualien, Taiwan Nov 14-19, 2011.

In a two-day training workshop Nov 15-16, the participants understood better the workings of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others through multi-media presentations and hands-on sessions facilitated by Manila-based Fr. Stephen Cuyos.

40 Year Pastoral Instruction Still Relevant Today, Church Expert says

(Hualien, Nov 16, 2011) The 40 year Pastoral Instruction ‘Communio et Progressio’ is still relevant today, a Church communication expert told participants of the 16th annual FABC-OSC Bishops’ Meet.

Many of the document’s provisions still apply to the age of social networking and digital communications, said Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers, former executive secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences – Office of Social Communication (FABC-OSC).

16th Annual Bishops' Meet Opens Today

Hualien (14 November) – The 16th annual meeting of bishops responsible for social communication and their secretaries opened today at St. Paul’s Pastoral Center in Hualien, some 200 kilometers east of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.

Ten countries in Asia are represented this year including India, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. Eight Bishops are present along with eight priests and more than a dozen lay and religious from various Church organizations. The Holy See’s Charge d’ Affairs in Taiwan, Msgr. Paul Russel, officiated the Opening Mass, and delivered the Keynote Address.

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