Speaking to the internet generation: tips from Cardinal Ravasi

Gustave Dore' Jesus walking on water

Priests have been urged to preach more forcefully using biblical imagery by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Speaking in Rome, he said the bible is full of strong images and symbols, yet we can become used to even the most fantastic stories – like the one pictured above – and priests need to respond accordingly. As the Cardinal put it:

“The advent of televised and computerised information requires us to be compelling and trenchant, to cut to the heart of the matter.”

The Telegraph goes on to report Ravasi’s comments about Twitter and using 140 characters to speak of God.

This challenge of speaking about Jesus to people today is not one faced only by priests, and we hope resources such as YouCat can help the Church to do so.

Of related interest:

Companion to Reading the Old Testament – Catholics have always treasured the Sacred Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments, but the Old Testament can appear difficult and troublesome. This introductory booklet tackles the problems facing readers.
Companion to Reading the New Testament – In this booklet Fr Adrian Graffy provides an introduction to all the books of the New Testament, and gives advice on both the liturgical reading and private reading of the Gospels, letters and other books.
Companion to the Book of Revelation – This booklet explains the tradition from which the book of Revelation developed and outlines the structure of the book and the meanings behind the numbers and images.

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