08 Mar Prepping for media ahead of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia
After successfully reshaping the narrative of Benedict’s UK visit, the media training initiative [Catholic Voices] spread to 12 other countries. The United States branch has been working hard to prepare Catholics to speak with the media for Pope Francis’ visit in the fall for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
“The international media will be there and Catholics there are eager to talk to them about the joy of family life in the light of the Gospel,” Lopez told CNA. “In his encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis says the light of faith illuminates everything. Oh how our nation and the world – and the people of Philadelphia – need this gift.”
Lopez said the goal of Catholic Voices is not to tell people exactly what to say, but rather to help people frame compelling arguments in a compassionate way, even when faced with hostility against the Church. They are trained in simple communications principles and are encouraged to draw from their personal experiences of faith and God.