- Pontifical Council for Social Communications
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications ("Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus") is a
dicasteryof the Roman Curia. Established by Pope John Paul IIon June 28, 1988, it is responsible for using the various forms of the media in spreading the Gospel.
Presidentof the Council for Social Communications is "His Excellency" Claudio Maria Celli, having been appointed by Pope Benedict XVIon June 27, 2007to succeed the long-time incumbent John Cardinal Foley.
According to Article 169 of the
Apostolic Constitutionon the Roman Curia, " Pastor Bonus", promulgated by Pope John Paul IIon June 28, 1988: "The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is involved in questions regarding the means of social communication, so that, also by these means, human progress and the message of salvation may benefit secular culture and mores." Article 170 also states that: "The chief task of this Council is to encourage and support in a timely and suitable way the action of the Church and her members in the many forms of social communication. It takes care to see that newspapers and periodicals, as well as films and radioor televisionbroadcasts, are more and more imbued with a human and Christian spirit."
The PCSC began as the Pontifical Commission for the Study and Ecclesiastical Evaluation of Films on Religious or Moral Subjects, established on
January 30, 1948by the Secretariat of State of Pope Pius XII. Bishop Martin John O'Connorwas appointed as its Presidentand its four original members including Monsignor Maurizio Raffa(representing the Sacred Congregation of the Council), Monsignor Ferdinando Prosperi(representative of the office "Catholique International du Cinématographe" and provisional Secretaryof the new Commission), Giacomo Ibert, and Ildo Avetta. The Commission was housed in a single room at the Palazzo San Carloin Vatican City.
September 17, 1948, Pius XII approved the statutes of this new Curial office, which was then renamed the Pontifical Commission for Educational and Religious Films.
*President: Archbishop Claudio Celli
**President(s) Emeritus: Andrzej Cardinal Deskur, John Cardinal Foley
**Secretary Emeritus: Bishop
List of Presidents of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Martin John O'Connor( 1948- 1971)
Agostino Ferrari Toniolo(Pro-President, 1969- 1971)
Edward Louis Heston, CSC (1971 - 1973)
*Andrzej Maria Deskur (1973 -
John Patrick Foley(1984 - 2007)
Claudio Maria Celli(2007 - present)
* [http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/pccs/index.htm Official Vatican website]
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dxsco.html Catholic-Hierarchy]
* [http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/romancuria/d26.htm Giga-Catholic Information]
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