Marking the 48th World Communications Day, celebrated on 25 May 2014, the Catholic Church in Australia celebrates the stories of twelve individuals from dioceses across Australia through a digital storytelling project entitled ‘Stirring Hearts’.
View the Stirring Hearts trailer: www.stirringhearts.org.au/about
Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter is the 2014 theme for World Communications Day promulgated by the Holy Father Pope Francis.
Stirring Hearts is a response to the Holy Father’s message that speaks of social networks as one way to experience the call to discover the beauty of faith and the beauty of encountering Christ. “In the area of communications we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts.”
Each story is told using digital media, embracing online communication technologies and social media to spread our good news stories “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
The twelve digital stories are five to six minute YouTube videos published on the Stirring Hearts website: www.stirringhearts.org.au
Stirring Hearts is a resource for parishes, schools, youth groups, Catholic agencies and individuals to use. A toolkit of educational and parish resources including reflection questions, prayers of the faithful and homily notes are available at: http://www.stirringhearts.org.au/toolkit/
Bishop Peter Ingham, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Media Council described each story as “unique, blessed and oftentimes a challenging story of life and faith”.
In the words of Pope Francis, “let us boldly become citizens of the digital world” by spreading these good news stories through Facebook and Twitter.
A prayer, written to celebrate the 48th World Communications Day, is available online and large quantities of prayer cards can be purchased from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference shop: http://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-shop