This was on my draft posts but I forgot about it.
The Pontifical councils for Culture and for Social Communications are inviting Catholic and non - Catholic bloggers to the Vatican on May 2nd so the Vatican can “listen to the experiences of those who are actively involved in this arena” and “achieve a greater understanding of the needs of that community,” said a press release.
The conference, held in Rome on the day after the beatification of Pope John Paul II, will include morning and afternoon sessions.
The meeting is pretty much open to any Catholic blogger, but the fact that there are only 150 seats in the conference hall and that the Vatican is looking for a mix of languages means the Vatican will be making some choices. The press release said the Vatican also wants a geographical mix and diversity based on the kinds of blogs out there: institutional and private, multi-voice and personal.
Those who want to attend must apply by sending an email to and including a link to their blog.
The press release also said that those who apply first will be given priority.
In the morning the speakers will be 5 active bloggers, chosen to represent 5 language groups: Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Polish. (Simultaneous translations will be provided.)
In the afternoon, Vatican officials will offer their reflections on blogging.
The Vatican officials participating in the day’s activities will include Cardinals Gianfranco Ravasi and Claudio Celli—the presidents, respectively, of the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Social Communications—and Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the director of the Vatican press office.