World Youth Day is a gathering started by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1985 and is held every 2-3 years in a different country. World Youth Day is actually a week-long event that involves bringing together youth, clergy, and church leaders from all over the world for fellowship and faith building. This year the event is being held in Madrid Spain, and is getting coverage from many sources in Catholic New Media and the mainstream press. It is interesting that there is a new youth catechism being released at this event called You Cat. I have been reading it myself and find it a good resource for adults too.
Father Roderick of SQPN.com is covering the events with podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and videos from Madrid. Father Roderick is a dynamic priest offering great insight to the Church teachings and relating them to popular culture and life experiences in his travels. Father Roderick started podcasting about the death of Pope John Paul II and his podcast was so popular that it led to the forming of a network called the Star Quest Production Network. Inspired by the Star of Bethlehem that led many people of many cultures to the birth of Jesus Christ. Today SQPN is a group of many Catholic New Media productions with podcasts, videos, and blogs. You can find links to SQPN and other media in this blog at the bottom of the page.
Word On Fire Ministries was founded by Father Robert Barron of Chicago. This priest is in Spain and covering the events from the perspectives as one the the Catholic Church’s finest theologians. He relates the Gospel to everyday life and makes it accessible to the common man and can debate anyone with confidence and fortitude in his faith. Father Barron has many videos expressing the power and beauty of The Catholic Faith on You Tube. He is about to release his Catholicism Project, which is a wonderful video project about the history, culture, art, and saints of the Catholic Faith. It is exciting that it has been just announced that it has been picked-up by 80 PBS TV stations across the US to air part of the 10-DVD series this Fall. (My Blog entry for The Catholicism Project)
Busted Halo is founded Father Dave Dwyer, a Paulist priest. The Paulist order was founded to use new communication methods to reach out to people and teach and preach the Catholic Faith. I first found Father Dave on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio with his Busted Halo Show. He also has a great website and blog and has a number of dedicated staff who assist him with his media powerhouse.
I really like the idea behind the naming of his network–The Busted Halo Show:
Catholic Christian belief is that all God’s children are “saints in the making.” Everyone is called to aspire toward the holiness and selflessness of a Mother Teresa or Saint Francis. At the same time we are all too often aware that this journey toward sainthood is one fraught with imperfections, struggles, and mistakes. Each of us sports a Halo that is either dented, scratched, tarnished… in some way Busted. Yet God loves us anyway and continually calls to bang out the dents and polish our halos up to a nice golden shine.
Catholic TV under the direction of Father Robert Reed and Cardinal Sean O’Malley has become one of the premier broadcast and internet based producers of Catholic New Media. Father Reed and his staff are also in Madrid to cover the week’s events and can be viewed through their website.
EWTN is one of the earliest Catholic TV networks founded by Mother Angelica in 1980. She founded a TV network that is now found in 127 countries and has millions of viewers. The Staff of EWTN are offering LIVE coverage of many of the events which can be seen on Cable-TV and though their internet webpage. Raymond Arroyo offers some of the best new coverage with his World Over show. Please say a prayer for Raymond, as he is currently looking for a new studio, since he will have to move out of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington DC as the Knights of Columbus are converting his studio into additional museum space.
Father Roderick is even broadcasting events in 3-D: