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April 25, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
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We surely all remember the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United States last September. It was an honor to welcome him to our country and listen to his words of love for us. The Catholic bishops of the United States wanted to be sure that everyone joined in the excitement of the visit, and they called on the Catholic Communication Campaign to make that possible.

These efforts would not be possible without your support! The CCC enabled thousands of Catholics to participate in the events remotely. CCC funds enabled live streaming of the events; empowered Catholic News Service coverage by a team of 60-plus reporters, editors, photographers and videographers; and facilitated coverage of the events by more than 7,000 credentialed media personnel. The social media team achieved real success by creating more than 2,000 pieces of content reaching people from all over the globe.

This visit truly had unprecedented reach in sharing the Gospel and it reflects the ongoing impact of the CCC in helping to evangelize and engage people with the faith.

Your contributions to the CCC Collection continue the work of communicating the Gospel at home and around the world.

Half of all funds collected remain here in the Oakland diocese to support our local communication and evangelization efforts.

The 2016 Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign will be taken up in many parishes in the Diocese of Oakland the weekend of May 7-8.

Here in the Oakland diocese, these funds support websites and social media for the diocese and the cathedral, as well as The Catholic Voice and El Heraldo Católico newspapers and websites. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. The diocesan Facebook account has more than 16,000 followers and is an important channel for us to share news and events immediately. More than 225,000 people see each issue of The Catholic Voice — about half the registered parishioners in the diocese.

In his message for the 48th World Communications Day, Pope Francis says that technology is a "gift from God." He challenges the Church to use this tool to promote the faith, asking how communication can "be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?"

Staff and the USCCB

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