By Laura Galimberti - Euro-Mediterranean Province
Jesuit challenge for global communication
“Less is more”: this truism applies even
in the field of communication. It holds true if the gaze focusses on contemplation,
discerning the keys to reality. This, in turn, elicits a deeper interpretation,
recognizing and sharing the presence of God in the experience. Only such a new approach
can dare to be present on the web as “outgoing church”, navigating the
algorithms and social bubbles, without risk of losing authenticity, identity, and
a spirit of service. It provides a freedom that is clear in its purpose, and
not captive to numbers and statistics, used only to intercept the user, his
life, passions and deep questions.
This approach responds to these
questions soberly, creatively, and charitably, navigating the expected waves with
patience and love, to offer questions and generate deep encounters.
These are some of the themes shared by the 20
communications officers from the European Provinces of the Society of Jesus. They
came together from 9 to 12 May at the St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises Centre in
Rodízio, Portugal. France-French speaking Belgium, England, the Netherlands and
the Dutch speaking Belgium, Spain, Italy-Malta-Albania-Romania, Croatia,
Slovenia, Austria-Germany-Lithuania-Latvia-Switzerland, Hungary, the Near East
and Maghreb, as well as Portugal sent representatives. Present, too, were
members of the General Curia’s Communications Office.