ACI Prensa Reaches a Milestone
Interview With News Agency's Director
LIMA, Peru, SEPT. 6, 2005 (Zenit) - The Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, which specializes in information on the Church in the Americas, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Since October 2003, it has published an English version, under the name Catholic News Agency.
In this interview with us, Alejandro Bermúdez, the agency's director, assesses its performance over the years and explains the spirit of its journalism.
Q: How did ACI Prensa arise?
Bermúdez: ACI Prensa was an initiative of a relentless apostle of the media in Peru, German Comboni missionary Adalberto Maria Mohm.
He had a simple idea: to create a news agency to achieve two objectives: first, to inform Catholics on what is happening in the Church -- let us say, an "intra ecclesia" mission -- and, second, to offer the world a reliable and well-informed source on the life of the Church -- rather, an "extra ecclesia" task.
Q: In these 25 years, has the nature of the news on the Church in Latin American changed much? Could you explain the evolution?
Bermúdez: In fact, many things have changed, and much of that change has to do with the immediacy that Internet allows.
But, speaking of specific changes, I would say that 25 years ago, the Church in Latin America, during all the period following the episcopate's general conference in Puebla [Mexico] was a reality that had to be explained, almost discovered.
Now, instead, the Church in Latin America is known for its new ecclesial expressions, the boldness of its bishops, the vitality of its laity; therefore, it is a constant source of information which many Catholics worldwide look to.
The challenges have also changed. Twenty-five years ago it was unimaginable that the cultural debate of the region would include critical topics such as abortion, the legalization of homosexual unions, euthanasia or cloning. Today, Latin America is integrated to this negative aspect of globalization which, sadly, does not have a positive equivalent.
Q: What differentiates, or should differentiate, a Catholic agency?
Bermúdez: Its option for man. The option for Christ is a reality of profound anthropological consequences, and a Catholic agency has that reality as its point of departure.
Everything that enriches our humanity, directing it to its greatest progress, full communion with the Father -- as Pope Paul VI explained in "Populorum Progressio," when speaking about the ultimate end of human progress -- is the principle that moves each of the individuals and processes of a Catholic agency.
That leads me to think that, if I wasn't a Catholic, a Catholic agency would be one of the few I would trust, if not the only one. Simply because of its option for man.
The simplest, anecdotal and fleeting news is completely suffused with this reality and, therefore, never loses present importance. Suffice it to look at a secular newspaper of a year ago -- which hardly serves to wrap up fish -- although I think this custom is preserved only in some popular markets of the region.
If you read, instead, news from a Catholic perspective, it is alive! Therefore, it is like good wine. It does not grow old [or] ages. That is why I am so enthusiastic about working for the Catholic press: as Mary, Lazarus' sister, I think we have "the better part." And I wouldn't exchange it for anything.
Q: Why did ACI Prensa decide to start Catholic News Agency?
Bermúdez: The English-speaking Catholic, especially in North America, has a decisive role in the future of the Church. There is a very important concentration of Catholics in North America, from the numerical point of view, as well as many resources, not only financial, but intellectual and enterprising.
There are very good agencies which respond to this public. CNA's idea is to provide local news of the Church, as one of the things that seems to be missing is the synergy between the numerous Catholic activities and initiatives of all sorts that are found in the United States and Canada.
That is why the CNA headquarters are not in Lima but in Denver, Colorado. In this connection, CNA is at the service of local Catholics, to know what other Catholics -- perhaps around the corner -- are doing, and thus be able to establish links with those initiatives.
I firmly believe that the synergy between the numerous initiatives and apostolates in North America is one of the greatest outstanding gifts that English-speaking Catholics can give themselves and the universal Church.
http://www.catholic.org CA, US
Catholic Online - Publisher, 661 869-1000
ACI, News, Catholic, Prensa, Americas
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Saturday, November 25, 2017
- Over 200 worshipers killed during Friday prayer in BRUTAL terrorist ...
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 HD Video
- St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November ...
- 'A Sad Decision': Vatican officials criticize President Trump's ...
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 27th, 2017 HD Video
- Hope and Peace: Persecuted Christians are asked to look to the Sign ...
- Will 2018 be the year the Big One hits California? The news media makes a shocking claim HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 26th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, November 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, November 24th, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way