The Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus) is a dicastery of the Roman Curia. First established by Pope Pius XII in 1948 and later given wider jurisdiction and new names by successive popes, most recently by Pope John Paul II on June 28, 1988, it is responsible for using the various forms of the media in spreading the Gospel.
The current President of the Council for Social Communications is Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on June 27, 2007.
According to Article 169 of the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus, promulgated by Pope John Paul II on 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 radio or television broadcasts, 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, 1948 by the Secretariat of State of Pope Pius XII. Bishop Martin John O'Connor was appointed as its President and 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 Secretary of the new Commission), Giacomo Ibert, and Ildo Avetta. The Commission was housed in a single room at the Palazzo San Carlo in Vatican City.
On 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.
List of Presidents of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Msgr. Paul Tighe, Pontifical Council for Social Communication
"Go Tell the Good News" Standing in St. Peter's Square, Msgr. Paul Tighe speaks with Father Reed, President of the CatholicTV Network about preparations for ...
President of Pontifical Council for Social Communications arrives in Minsk for the first time
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli is having a meeting with the leadership of the Minsk City Executive Committee at this very moment. A meeting with Metropolitan...
Pope Benedict XVIs message on the 44th annual World Day for Social Communications
The internet has revolutionized the world of communications. Thats why the pope says he wants Catholics to stay ahead of the times and learn how to spread th...
Vatican to release documentary with previously unseen footage from Vatican II
This October marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. But few people truly understand the impact this council had on the Catholic Church. So ...
Interview with Monsignor Paul Tighe who is Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Vatican department charged with shaping how the...
Truth in the Digital Age: Message of Archbishop Celli
On the occasion of the 45th World Day of Social Communications, which is celebrated the 5th of June, with the slogan: "Truth, Proclamation, and Authenticity ...
Pope2You: The Vatican Webpage for Young People
Pope2You (www.pope2you.net) is the new webpage for young people, which was created within the context of the 43rd World Day of Social Communications, whose t...
Aleteia the online community that offers questions and answers about the Catholic faith
Aleteia offers a concrete response to Benedict XVI's request to proclaim the Gospel through new media. Aleteia works in association with the Pontifical Counc...
Pope Urges Young Catholics To Spread The Faith Online
New technologies are changing the nature of human relationships and how we communicate. That was the central point of the Popes message for the upcoming Worl...
H2onews rewards its best Social Communications students
H2onews participated in the first-ever award ceremony held in honor of the best students of the Communications department of the Pontifical Gregorian Univers...
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:45:28 -0700
AMMAN (Petra) - Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour met with President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who is currently visiting Jordan to take part in a conference entitled, "Arab Christian Media In the ...
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 02:08:38 -0700
During the meeting, Mr. Thaddeus Milton Jones of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Vatican) brought us the greetings of the President of that Roman dicastery, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, and presented the many activities of his ...
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:48:15 -0700
The initiative is the work of the Center for Catholic Studies and Media, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Jordan model for the Arab media, and Christians, who play a key role in narrating the changes in the ...
Fri, 24 May 2013 07:58:38 -0700
(Vatican Radio) The role of the media in the mission of the Church is under the spotlight this week during a visit to Serbia by the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Celli. The two day visit to Belgrade ...
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 09:13:13 -0700
(Vatican Radio) Communication as an instrument of peace in the Middle East – that was the theme of a visit to Amman this week by Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Archbishop, who arrived in the ...
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Tue, 28 May 2013 17:01:40 -0700
Staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications also attended the Mass. In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the special God-given grace of being able not just to survive difficulties, but to carry them aloft and continue one's journey ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 05:05:51 -0700
Today's SMS is actually a quote from Archbishop Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications who says: “Pope Francis is touching not only the intellect, but also the heart and the imagination. It's a new approach to communication”.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:39:21 -0700
On this past May 28th, Serbian Patriarch Irenej had a meeting with several prominent Roman Catholic leaders, including the Vatican ambassador, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as well as the ...
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