Secretary to Pontifical Council to head influential line-up at Media Congress

Media Release
23 February, 2012

Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications heads an influential line-up of guests for the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012, an event which is held once every three years in Sydney.

The Media Congress is organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and will take place from 30 April – 2 May at the Menzies Hotel.
The event carries the theme “Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media”, to focus on the way the Church and the world can engage with social media to share important messages.

Monsignor Paul Tighe was delighted to accept the invitation to present at the Congress and will present on all three days.

‘Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest and I am pleased to be asked to work in the Council that has a mandate to harness the potential of the media – new and old – as a means of evangelisation,’ Monsignor Paul said.

‘I am equally pleased to be speaking on this vital area in the mission of the Church at the ACMC in Sydney”, he said.

Workshops and presentations on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, eConferencing, eLearning technology and blogging, as well as ethics and spirituality will be featured. There will be a hands-on professional development element in concurrent sessions.

Bishop Peter Ingham, Bishops’ delegate for the Media said that the Media Congress is a once in a lifetime opportunity and that the keynote guest is extremely competent and inspiring.

“There are few events which bring together such a diverse and talented group of media professionals, and anyone with an interest in how we communicate the Gospel message in our society today would benefit from attending”, he said.

“Monsignor Paul Tighe is one of the Vatican’s most senior media advisors and has a wonderful background in communication both in Ireland and now based in Rome. It is indeed a privilege that he will be with us during this Congress”, he said.

The Congress is open for early-bird registration and all interested professionals who wish to learn more about social media and the Church are welcome.

To register for the Congress or simply to find out more visit or phone Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256