Catholic Relief Services presented an exciting new initiative at the recent Catholic New Media Conference in Arlington, Texas announcing their new website–FAITHWORKS. FaithWorks offers many forms of media including video, photos, and stories reporting on the worldwide efforts of CRS. CRS is allowing Catholic bloggers and webmasters to take their great media FREE to use and share with others.
FaithWorks reveals and revels in the faithfulness and good work of Catholics everywhere. FaithWorks wants to help tell the global Catholic story – that includes your story.
Faithworks encourages you to post comments and questions and spark conversation. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.
From CRS: What is the Global Catholic Story? The global Catholic story is faith in action at home and around the world. It is Gospel love — sometimes at its most serene and sometimes its most gritty. It’s a story you help tell through your work. At CRS, we’re blessed to see Catholic faith in action every day. Everywhere the Church sends us to work, we collect stories, images and video. We’ve used these resources to help tell the CRS and Catholic stories. Now, a broad and vibrant Catholic conversation has emerged on the Web. Catholics are embracing New Evangelism even as they learn the power of Internet communications. At CRS, we’d like to open our media resources to the Catholic online community, to help them tell and illustrate the Church’s global story and their own stories.
CRS has a worldwide network of professional and amateur photographers, videographers, and reporters that often can offer stories and images before the Associated Press can get to the scene. They are also able to share contributions from other Catholic sources such as a entertaining video from Fr. James Martin’s talk at Villanova University. This is truly a great and needed service that CRS is offering to the Catholic Online community, and a blessing to our Catholic Faith. CRS also has their own YouTube Channel, as well as using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and RSS. Kudos to Catholic Relief Services for being on the cutting-edge in technology and offering good communication to spread the news of the “Faith Works” of the Global Catholic Church. Check out more with the links below, and your comments are welcome.
Following are samples of some of the media offered:
Photos from world locations:
CRS Photos (photos.crs.org)
CRS Newsroom (crs.org/newsroom/)
CRS Newswire (newswire.crs.org)
CRS Topic Experts (http://www.crs.org/newsroom/expert-biographies)