Webcast of National Clergy Congress Facilitated by CFA

Feb 15th 2010

Ateam-up of major Catholic media outlets provided broadcast, podcast and webcast facilities for the largest ever gathering of Filipino priests — the Second National Congress of the Clergy — held at the World Trade Center on January 25-29, 2010. The Communication Foundation for Asia was tapped to facilitate the webcast , specifically the videostreaming of key sessions.

In its latest issue, the CBCP Monitor reported that it had provided the Catholic Media Network (CMN), the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) and CBCP Media with internet connectivity through the installation of a KU Band VSat system at the Congress venue. Wi-fi services were also provided to participants and to media reporters covering the huge five-day event.

According to the National Clergy Congress media coordinator Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, the purpose of the broadcast and webcast was to allow the laity “to follow the proceedings and understand what is going on so that they can pray for the success of the Second National Congress of the Clergy.”

Live broadcast of talks by the main speaker, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, and prayers during the Congress, were carried in 32 radio stations nationwide by the Catholic Media Network (CMN) and by Radio Veritas, and on television by TV Maria. Webcast and podcast of selected sessions were done by the Communication Foundation for Asia and CBCPNews respectively. CFA’s video and IT technicians were onsite to coordinate the webcast. CFA also covered on video the procession of the clergy from the World Trade Center to the Cuneta Astrodome, where they concelebrated the closing mass.

CFA’s president, Fr Filoteo Pelingon, MSC, also participated in the Congress. He expressed deep appreciation for the remarkable and unforgettable retreat which renewed and bolstered priests’ commitment to their ministry. He noted that the occasion also strengthened the bonds between members of the clergy, as old seminary friends and confreres, as well as diocesan clergy and the religious, were given the chance to meet again and forge new links.

A total of 5,542 priests, including a hundred bishops, attended the historic National Congress of the Clergy, the second to be held in the Philippines since 2004. The 2010 Congress was on the theme “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests,” and its objective was to “provide the priests with a deep and religious experience that would lead to a spiritual conversion and greater commitment.”

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