The Web has created a new way for people in the Church to
share in events we once only heard about, or caught a glimpse
of in the media.
Ever since the pope’s historic visit to the United States
in 1994, the world has watched through the Web. What was a
relatively small audience then has grown dramatically in a
short time. Now, when we hear about something big in the works,
we turn on our computers and tune in, on our schedule, unless
we’re going “live.”
Two for 2002
A good example is the Third Continental Congress on Vocations,
to be held in Montreal, Quebec, next April. If you go to the
you’ll have a choice of reading about the congress in English,
French or Spanish.
You’ll not only find out how to get there and see a schedule
of events, but also find news releases and resources about
vocations in the Church today.
World Youth Day is coming back to our continent next year,
too. It will be held July 18-28, 2002, in Toronto, Ontario.
Its site, wyd2002.org,
is offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese
and Polish—it’s a worldwide Web!
At the site you can read in detail about the World Youth
Day cross, see photos from previous World Youth Days, find
out how to get there, where to stay, what to expect. You can
also find out how to help in the extensive preparations that
are well under way.
A reliable site for live coverage of bigger Church events
One nice thing about the Web is that you can look back and
learn about historical events long gone. You can see St.
Anthony Messenger’s coverage of recent
papal visits and the 1997
Synod for America in the archive
section of AmericanCatholic.org.
If you want to read a fine set of talks from Denver’s 1998
Catholic Internet Conference, visit newtech.org.
Not all events are such a big deal. It’s fun to see who came
out for the talent show at a parish festival. Check out epiphanymn.org
for a nice example.