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Diane Montagna - published on 06/11/15

On the media front, Msgr. Dario Viganò, director of the Vatican Television Center and president of the Commission for Vatican Media created by Pope Francis last April, also presented a report. 

Based on the findings of the McKinsey report and studies carried out by previous Commissions (COSEA and the Vatican Media Commission chaired by Lord Chris Patten), the present Commission presented a project for reform to be implemented over 4 years, which safeguards employees and provides for a gradual integration of the Vatican’s various media institutions.

The institutions involved are: The Pontifical Council for Social Communications; the Vatican Press Office; Vatican Radio; Vatican Television Center; the Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s Photo Service; Libreria Editrice Vaticana; Vatican Printing; and the Vatican Internet Service.

The Council of Cardinals gave a nod of approval to Pope Francis regarding the media reforms, and the establishment in the coming months of a dicastery to begin the process.

Preparing bishops for the new encyclical

The Council of Cardinals were also updated on preparations being made for the publication of the Pope’s new encyclical on the environment. The highly anticipated papal document, entitled Laudato si’, on the care for our common home, will be released on Thursday, June 18th. 

Fr. Michael Czerny, of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, informed the Council of Cardinals of the Pope’s desire to send all Catholic bishops, via email, suggestions and helps — in particular previous statements and teachings of Pope Francis on environmental issues — “so that individual bishops and episcopal conferences can feel prepared for the publication of the new document, and be able to accompany the publication with appropriate explanations and comments.”

Fr. Czerny stressed the importance of preparing for the encyclical’s release, “in order that the publication of the encyclical is seen as an important event in the life of the universal Church, in communion with the Holy Father.”

With growing concern that the UN will attempt to hijack the Pope’s new encyclical to promote their own anti-life, population control agenda under the guise of climate change, it remains to be seen how the encyclical is received inside and outside the Church. 

The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals is scheduled for September 14-16, just before the Pope’s apostolic visit to Cuba and the United States, and just weeks before the October 4-25 Ordinary Synod on the Family.

Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.

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