Social media, social networking and catholicism


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My talk at St. Joseph's Workers meeting and lunch, Nantang Catholic Church on August 7, 2011

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Social media, social networking and catholicism

  1. 1. Social Media, Social Networking and Catholicism:Spreading the Word through Social Media Alvin Chin Senior Researcher Nokia Research Center, Beijing St. Joseph Workers Group, South Cathedral, Beijing, China August 7, 2011
  2. 2. Why Social Media?• To spread the Word of Christ online to everyone, which anyone can do easily• Another means to show our ministry• Provides opportunity to promote Christianity, discuss and defend our faith against those who oppress it• Keep in touch with Catholic teachings and Jesus on the go anytime and anywhere! 2
  3. 3. Christian and Catholic social media• There are lots but must be careful what you read, the Bible is the authoritative source!• Many people in ministry use social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube• Many priests in the GenY generation are using social media like podcasting, blogging and microblogging eg. Father Roderick Vonhögen 3
  4. 4. Catholic social media sites• Podcasts: SQPN – – Catholic Insider, The Break with Fr. Roderick• Videos: GodTube –• Twitter: Catholics on Twitter to follow - egory=16 – People to follow: @sqpn, @FatherRoderick• Vatican: , 4
  5. 5. Pope Benedict XVI’s view on social media• The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16).—Pope Benedict XVI, 44th World Communications Day message (2010) 5
  6. 6. Social media guidelines• USCCB media-guidelines-version- 10&rct=j&q=social%20media%20guidelines%20Vatican&ei=1OM7Tq7kKMyq- gaIlInIAg&usg=AFQjCNEP1McUaVgEV7GDOGiW- U_TeDFNFg&sig2=6LOEnY2tnH0WyLxd-Blyxw&cad=rja• Vatican 45th World Communication Day message (2011)• Vatican 44th World Communication Day message (2010) ments/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20100124_44th-world-communications-day_en.html• Vatican 43rd World Communication Day message (2009) ments/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20090124_43rd-world-communications-day_en.html 6
  7. 7. Social media and Christianity in China• Social media is hot in China: Weibo, RenRen, Kaixin001, Youku, Douban, Jiepang• More Chinese are becoming Christian and Catholic• Christian social media in China - few 7
  8. 8. Spreading the Word in Chinese social media• Need to be careful how you say• Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter) is good channel to communicate (• Foursquare ( and Jiepang (Chinese version of Foursquare to checkin to churches (eg. South Cathedral or南堂) 8
  9. 9. Taking God with you on the go• iPad/iPhone: app, Catholic Bible, H2Onews (• iTunes Podcasts: The Break with Fr. Roderick, Catholic Insider, others from• Nimbuzz: to track tweets from Twitter, can follow Jesus, God tags from Twitter search• Foursquare and Jiepang, to tweet/weibo when check-in to a church 9
  10. 10. Summary• Digital social media empowers Catholics and Christians to spread the Word to others anywhere (developing countries)• We have a responsibility to be disciples of Christ to spread the Word to the ends of the earth• Be careful, respectful of others, but offer hope, love and friendship to the world 10
  11. 11. Follow Me• Facebook:• Twitter:• LinkedIn:• Sina Weibo: (gadgetman)• Google+:• Foursquare:• Jiepang: (gadgetman)• Blog:• Web: 11
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