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The Holy See stamps SIGNIS



The Holy See has officially recognized the World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS) as an International Association of the Faithful through its approval of the Canonical Statutes of SIGNIS, reports ITRealms.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity, ITRealms gathered on Friday, October 24th, through the Decree of Pontifical Recognition was solemnly consigned to the President of SIGNIS, Mr Gustavo Andújar, in the company of SIGNIS Vice-Presidents, Mr. Frank Frost and Mr Lawrence John Sinniah, by Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Receiving the decree, Gustavo Andújar said it is only natural that the recognition being celebrated today comes from the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

“The international Catholic organizations for the media were created in the 1920s through initiatives of lay people, and although the mother organizations of SIGNIS, and SIGNIS itself, have always counted on the enthusiastic participation and support of numerous priests, our organizations have remained mainly an endeavor of lay people, with a growingly clear conscience of the need for an active presence in, and vibrant dialog with, the professional world of the media” he said.

Also remarking, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko quoted Pope Francis in his meeting with journalists, after his election as saying, “Your work calls for careful preparation, sensitivity and experience .… It should be apparent that all of us are called not to communicate ourselves, but this existential triad made up of truth, beauty and goodness”.

Rylko referenced John Paul II letter to those responsible for communications “The Rapid Development ‘The Gospel transforms the world when Christians (…) commit to seeking holiness in their daily lives. It’s in this sense that we should understand SIGNIS’ efforts to train and support protagonists in the media in their daily tasks.’”

Equally present in the celebration was the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who introduced himself as being first, a friend of SIGNIS added that “truth, beauty and good have to be maintained together. And he invited SIGNIS to look forward to a promising future.

SIGNIS is now the only international Catholic association for media professionals, including journalists, officially recognized by the Holy See.


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