Communicating From and With the Margins

„The Church must go to the margins, to the limits of human existence", says Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (2013), calling for action "beyond a simple welfare mentality" that "attacks the structural causes of inequality."

Refocusing society's priorities, the Pope asks how "it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"

The call from Pope Francis has always been the foundation of our mission at the Catholic Media Council (CAMECO).

During 50 years, we accompanied more than 21,000 media and communication projects and initiatives in the Global South - many of them run by and serving local and church communities with limited resources. Often they are one of only a few voices in a particular area, in a particular language, or for a particular community.

On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, the conference “Communicating from and with the Margins” will discuss:

How Church and Development Communication Can Strengthen the Voices of the Marginalized

  • Meet Jospeh Sekiku who helped to drop albino killings in Tanzania,
  • the Butterfly Initiative (India) which empowers street children to edit their own primt and social media,
  • or the Weltfilme team which trains film producers to facilitate social inclusion.

How the Church Can Adapt to Quickly Changing Media Environments

  • Become familiar with the outreach campaign of the Catholic media in Lithuania,
  • the communication strategies of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) and the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ),
  • as well as the influencer marketing strategy of the German development agency Misereor.

How Community and Church Communication Can Become Sustainable

  • Learn from Lourdes Barrezueta (Peru) and Margaret Bukirwa (Uganda) how to use audience research and strategic planning for improving local media performance and advertsing income.

How Interreligious Dialogue Can Contribute to Conflict-Sensitive Communication

How Religious Actors and Civil Society Can Contribute to Media Policies that Put People at the Centre

  • Know the World Association of Christian Communication (WACC) approach to social justice in the digital age,
  • and Mozilla Foundation's approach to a "healthy Internet".

Here is the programme of the conference.

14 workshops will give us the opportunity to discuss in detail both the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.

Know the speakers and the workshop summaries.

The workshop results will be collaboratively documented in real time.

You are most welcome to meet media practitioners and Church development project officers from all over the world at this conference.