Czech Catholic Voices begins - with a little help from CV Poland
A new Catholic Voices group is being formed in Prague, Czech Republic. A group of local coordinators led by Gustavo Monge, a Spanish correspondent for the EFE Agency in Prague, have selected a team of seven speakers for the CV Cechy a Morava. With the assistance of Bogna J. Gladden-Obidzinska from the Polish CV group, they organised a training workshop that took place during the last weekend of February 2016.
Building both on similarities as well as differences between the two societies’ experience of the transformation and media culture in each country after the fall of communism, the programme focused on possible strategies and opportunities for Catholics in the Czech Republic to contribute valuable content to the mainstream media.
The first day of training comprised a presentation of the Catholic Voices mission, spirit, method and examples of media activity, a workshop led by Bogna. In the afternoon, two expert speakers, Manuel Lobo and Allan Böhm from Bratislava, presented a core body of knowledge and up-to-date research results regarding neuralgic issues in the area of bioethical problems and the Catholic Church’s Magisterium and relations with the state. Sunday was devoted entirely to exercises – reframing and, finally, mock appearances in front of the camera with David Šťáhlavský as a host.
The participants were enthusiastic about the Catholic Voices method and ways of bringing the core Catholic messages to the Czech media through this method of communication. They are eager to continue with the training, in ways to be formulated in the nearest future by Gustavo. Besides the ongoing training, which is planned to take place twice a month in shorter evening formats, one of the priorities is to enlarge the group, so as to reach a total number of 10-12 speakers.