What is the use that priests make of the Internet?
An international research project tries to answer this question. The name of the project, PICTURE, stands for “Priests’ ICT Use in their Religious Experience”. The Congregation for the Clergy of the Holy See has endorsed this project, which may be of interest not only to better understand how priests worldwide perceive and use this new medium, but also to design more effective online Church communications. The research will study a sample of the more than 400,000 priests worldwide.
PICTURE is run by the NewMinE – New Media in Education Lab of the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) in collaboration with the School of Institutional Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome, Italy).
Priests are invited to contribute to this research by filling in a questionnaire, which is available in seven languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Spanish) at the following address:
According to Daniel Arasa, professor of Digital Communications at the Pontifical University, PICTURE “represents an original contribution of university research to the priestly year declared by Benedict XVI”. The results will be public before the end of the priestly year (June 2010) at the website: http://www.pictureproject.info.
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