Joinville, Brazil, August 17, 2017 (SIGNIS-Brazil).  At least 800 Catholic communicators, journalists and pastoral communication agents took part in the tenth edition of the “Mutirão Brasileño de Comunicación” – MUTICOM, in the diocese of Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil. In the opening address, bishop Dario Viganó, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See, spoke about the importance of communication in the Church in the perspective of Pope Francis.

At the inaugural ceremony, the board of directors was composed of Udo Dohler (Prefect of Joinville), Dom Darci José Nicioli (Referential Bishop of the Episcopal Commission of Communication of the CNBB), Monsignor Dario Viganó (Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication of The Holy See), Bishop João Francisco Salm (President of the Regional 4 of the CNBB), João Raimundo Colombo (Governor of the State of Santa Catarina) and Bishop Francisco Carlos Bach (Bishop of the Diocese of Joinville).

The 10th Muticom will be held from August 16 to 20, 2017, with the theme "Educate for Communication", with the objective of assisting in the use of new technologies, increasing the critical sense to avoid manipulation and thus promote the understanding of the true potential of communication. In addition to a theoretical content of quality, the Muticom provides cultural nights, tourism and integration for communicators.

The participants were composed of bishops, priests, religious and laity, pastoral agents of communication (Pascom), ecclesial movements, students, researchers and communication professionals, popular movements, governmental and non-governmental organizations, unions, and members of cultural associations, among others.

Bishop Dario Viganò, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See, referred to the theme with "Communication in the Church in the perspective of Pope Francis".

Viganó, in dialogue with Silvonei José of the Radio Vatican’s Brazilian office, said: "It is a very important moment, as Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, because I am in this great meeting at a great moment of common work of communicators of the great nation of Brazil, and like them, we are going to think precisely how the Church can learn again to communicate in the form of a testimony, exactly according to the paradigm of Pope Francis. We will analyze together the specific characteristics of the Pope's way of communicating, and I will present the reform that the Pope wants and that is almost halfway: a reform in the Vatican media to obtain a new system of communication in digital culture.

What is the characteristic of Pope Francis's communication?

"Pope Francis has, in a certain way, an ability to redefine codes and forms of communication: that is, by putting aside conventions, using episodes with particular creativity, with parables and metaphors, because this way of counting things facilitates the relationship with the neighbor, reduces the distances. We must not forget that the narrative form of Pope Francis always has a very pragmatic style, is never turned to itself, but is always provocative, which generates a concrete effect on the level of life.”

President of SIGNIS-ALC at MUTICOM

On Thursday, August 17, SIGNIS-ALC President Carlos Alberto Ferraro presented the EDUCOM Project which is being developed jointly by CELAM, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and SIGNIS-ALC. In his dissertation he also presented the institutional video of SIGNIS-ALC.