Catholic Voices is a project which began in the UK to improve the Church's representation in the media, above all in news programs and debates. It started in 2010 with the six-month training of 24 lay people and a priest in preparation for the UK visit of Pope Benedict XVI. Our appearances on over 100 ...
Twenty new Catholic Voices speakers who completed their CV Public Speaking Programme (PSP) training in London at the end of 2016 are now preparing to give presentations in parishes in Lent and Advent this year. The sixth national speakers’ training since the project began in 2010, this was the first to focus exclusively on public speaking rather than training for media interviews. Trainees took part in an intensive course over the space of a month, with on...read more
Martina Pastorelli, who leads Catholic Voices Italia, spent two days recently teaching the CV methods and approach to the heads of communications offices of the various dioceses of Lombardy. The course on 16-17 June took place at the Seveso pastoral centre and was organised by Fr Davide Milani, who is in charge of communications for the Archdiocese of Milan. Details (in Italian) on the CV Italia website here.read more
A two-day training for 50 future priests at Oscott College seminary near Birmingham was led by Austen Ivereigh, Jack Valero, Kathleen Griffin and Brenden Thompson on 16-17 June. The seminarians did mock local radio interviews on a variety of topics including the bishops’ position on the EU referendum, the likelihood of women deacons, and clerical sex abuse. They also did role-plays examining Amoris Laetitia and practised persuasive short talks on different topics.read more
A vigorous but always good-natured debate was hosted by Catholic Voices on 15 June at Westminster Cathedral Hall in central London on the issue of the EU Referendum. The speakers - politicians and experts — managed to move the mildly pro-Remain 150-strong audience in the direction of Brexit. Details at our blog here You can watch both the main speeches and the floor speeches elsewhere on this website and also here.read more
CV in the media
Sky News - Marie Fahy on divorced and remarried Catholic headteacher
Arise News - Caroline Farrow on Abortion and Induction of New Cardinals
Premier Radio - John Coverdale on the feast of the Immaculate Conception 08/12/2016
BBC Radio Ulster - Jack Valero on Priestly Celibacy 02/12/2016
BBC Merseyside - Laura Thompson on Forgiving Abortion 27/11/2016
Premier - CV Peter D Williams comments on apology re 'forced adoptions' 03/11/2016
SputnikNews - 'Choose for Your Tribes Wise': Brexit and the 5 Million Catholic Votes 16/06/2016
The Tablet - CV Debate examines whether Catholic values best served by remaining in the European Union 16/06/2016
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Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)
A few months before Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the UK for his historic visit, the Catholic Voices project set out to ensure t...