I’d like to thank Robert and Catherine (see comments on last post) for drawing my attention to some links that are well worth highlighting (see expanded links list to the left) and in particular for the reminder that just because we don’t always see these statements in the mainstream media, doesn’t always mean that the Church hasn’t been trying to get its message out. I really recommend adding the link Robert suggested to your favourites : catholicbishops.ie press releases.
Even better – subscribe to an RSS feed for updates to this page. “What does that mean – ‘subscribe to an RSS feed’? ” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a really helpful way of getting your computer to let you know every time a website is updated. In this case it lets you know when a new press release is added.
On both the catholicbishops.ie home page and on the press releases page you’ll see a little orange square with the message: “Subscribe to press releases”. Click the orange square. You have a few options: if you use Firefox (which offers some nice options) you’ll now see at the top of the new window that opens a drop-down menu with the message: “subscribe to this feed using..” You can choose between “Live Bookmarks” which puts a bookmark called ‘Catholic Communications Office’ at the top of your browser window. The other options are good if you have set up your own personalised page in iGoogle or My Yahoo! If you choose these, a new box opens in your personalised page with the headlines of the most recent press releases – you can just glance over every time you open your iGoogle or My Yahoo! page.
If you use Safari, clicking the RSS feed orange square opens a window with summaries of the most recent updates (press releases). In the right margin of the window, you’ll see a blue area with options you can select. The very last option, under Actions, is ‘Add bookmark..’ This adds a bookmark which will open a window with the most recent releases. (Not as neat as Firefox but still handy).
If you don’t quite get what I’m saying – just give it a try and see what happens. In his message for World Day of Communications 2010, Pope Benedict challenged priests to “proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelisation and catechesis.” And when the priests and the Church goes to the effort of doing this, the least we can do is tune in – the Pope himself wants us to 😀
I use a Mac (so cool!) so I’m not sure how the RSS feeds work on a PC – pretty similarly I presume. But if you use a PC and don’t mind admitting it, feel free to add a comment on any differences in how you go about subscribing. And don’t be put off by the word “subscribe” – it’s free!