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SIGNIS World Congress 2017
Salt + Light Media is pleased to bring you live coverage of the 2017 SIGNIS World Congress from Laval University in Quebec. While the Congress is in session from June 19-22, you will be able to watch the main plenary sessions on a range of topics with leaders in the Catholic communications field.

The SIGNIS World Congress provides a truly global, culturally and generationally diverse environment in which workers in the vineyard of the Lord encounter each other and engage in constructive and meaningful dialogue.

The theme for this year’s Congress is, Media for a Culture of Peace: Promoting Stories of Hope. It is a theme that is close to us at Salt + Light. Telling stories of hope has been at the core of our mission from the beginning in 2003 following the World Youth Day in Toronto.

Broadcast Schedule
All scheduled times are subject to change
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time

Monday, June 19
9AM to 10:30AM (Plenary 1) “Communicating Hope: Putting the Vision of Hope into Practice”
Speakers discuss how different organizations put the vision of promoting stories of hope into practice, particularly using communications and media in creative ways.

- Augustine Lourdusamy (Malaysia), KSG, Former SIGNIS President
- David Mulroney (Canada), President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.
- Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, (USA), Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
- John Zokovitch (USA), Senior Communications Officer, Pax Christi International
2PM to 3:15PM (Plenary 2) “Hope in the Future”
“The fairy tale is future-oriented and guides the child... to relinquish his infantile dependency wishes and achieve a more satisfying independent existence” (Bruno Bettelheim, 1997). For film-makers like Rock Demers fairy tales can provide us with hope for a better future. He has expressed this vision in films based on fairy tales and in his many productions for children and adolescents.

- Rock Demers (Canada), filmmaker
5PM to 6:30PM (Special Session) “A New Direction for Vatican Communications”
In 2015 Pope Francis established the new Vatican Secretariat for Communication with Don Dario Edoardo Viganò, former Director of CTV as its first Prefect. It is in the process of integrating all the main communications activities of the Holy See (Press Office, Vatican Radio, CTV, Film Library, Vatican Printing press, Osservatore Romano) into one new organizational structure. Msgr Lucio Adrtian Ruiz, the Secretary for the Secretariat is interviewed by Helen Osman about how the changes are progressing and future plans.

- Gustavo Andújar (Cuba), President of SIGNIS
- Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz (Vatican), Secretary of the Secretariat for Communication, Vatican City
- Helen Osman (USA), Communications Consultant; Chief Communications Officer, USCCB, 2007-2015

Tuesday, June 20
9AM to 10:30 AM (Plenary 3) “Building Peace and Hope in a World of Cultural and Religious Diversity”
A round table discussion exploring how creative communication can contribute to building peace by bringing people from different cultures, traditions and faiths together.

- Abdul-Rehman Malik (Canada), Director of the Insight Film Festival UK
- Patrice Brodeur (Canada), Associate professor, Institute of Religious Studies at the University of Montreal and Senior Adviser at the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) Vienna, Austria
- Jaime Carril Rojas (Chile), Presidente, Red Interreligiosa Latinoamericana de Educación para la Paz (RILEP) / Latin American Inter-Religious Network on Peace Education
- Marie-Thérèse Kreidy (Lebanon), Programming Manager, Télé-Lumière and Noursat, Beirut
- Fr. Tom Rosica, C.S.B., (Canada), Salt and Light Television
2PM to 3:15PM (Plenary 4) “The New Generation of Catholic Communicators: Experiences & Challenges”
Who are the next generation of Catholic Communicators? What are their expectations and what challenges do they face? What media do they use? What is their understanding of the nexus between media and faith? What have they learned from their own work in social communications? What support and resources do they need for the mission of SIGNIS? In the panel young communicators from various regions who have participated in recent SIGNIS media workshops, including the CommLab seminar in Quebec City just prior to this Congress.

- Larry Rich, Media Consultant, Producer and Writer
- Eljay Sinniah (Malaysia), Media Educator, Theoretician, and Creator
- Vi Cao and Lawrence Mberi, SIGNIS Media Team Leaders and Youth Ambassadors in Asia and Africa.
5PM Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, June 21
8AM to 8:30AM Aboriginal Prayer
6:30PM Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (also LIVE on Salt and Light TV)

The Mission of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication is: to engage with media professionals and support Catholic Communicators to help transform our cultures in the light of the Gospel by promoting Human Dignity, Justice and Reconciliation. SIGNIS is a non-governmental organization that includes members from over 100 countries. As the “World Catholic Association for Communication”, it brings together professionals in radio, television, cinema, video, media education, the Internet and new technologies. SIGNIS is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. It has consultative status at UNESCO, ECOSOC (United Nations in Geneva and New York) and the Council of Europe. The activities of SIGNIS cover all fields of audiovisual creation and journalism: promoting films or television programmes (it has juries at the important international film and TV festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice, Ouagadougou…), creating, producing and distributing radio, TV and video programmes, building broadcasting studios, supplying equipment, offering Internet services by satellite, training professionals, encouraging the use of new media, promoting media education etc. The primary objective of all these activities is to promote a Culture of Peace through the media.