Latest Communiqué from Vatican Blogmeet

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Dear Bloggers,

As the buzz and excitement of the Vatican Blogger Meeting settles and your feedback and discussions take flight through the blogosphere, we wish to send to the blogging community, through the 150 representatives, a word of thanks and encouragement.

The pastoral presence of the Church in this emerging cultural reality is our concern and it is our desire to sustain and support the work you, be you Catholic or other, are undertaking to make the net more human. Besides reflections on copyright issues and what it means to be a Catholic blogger, this meeting has been a first step in recognising this expression of human experience, not just as an alternative and supplementary form of news diffusion, but as a lively community with its own needs and expectations, anxieties and difficulties. It is our intention to listen to you, walk and work with you as social networks and micro-blogging evolve and the effects of these rapidly developing languages spill over into the wider community.

In concluding this moment of a dialogue which we imagine will continue in other times and places and with different means, we bring to your attention two review articles, which for the moment are only available in Italian unfortunately: one by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture [ ] and one by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications [ ].

Please accept our cordial regards and thanks for all your contributions to this dialogue, including on the twitter handle #vbm11.

The Organising Committee


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