Defining what it is to be Catholic on television and establishing a Catholic television network that will serve as a vehicle for the evangelising movement are the objectives of the Global Catholic Television Convention that will take place on 10-12 October 2006. The Convention will be attended by professionals from Catholic television stations from all over the world, of which there are currently estimated to be around 2000.
Only a limited number of places are available at the convention, but a virtual linkup will be available throughout its duration. Three papers will be given and working parties and round tables will be formed.
The idea for the convention was conceived by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications following various meetings with Latin-American and European television stations. This gave rise to the idea of creating a bank of television programmes so that other more modest Catholic television stations interested in tried and tested material could use them free of charge.
The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, took an interest in the project and offered Madrid as a host city, with the organisation duties that this entails.
The ultimate aims of the convention are that the participants express themselves and become aware of what Catholic television means and establish collaborative links. Generally speaking, the cultural paradigm has shifted due to the new technologies, particularly the new technologies of social communication. As a transmitter of the evangelical message, the Church must take on this challenge and develop its historical and social role in the media with clarity and without fear.