27 JANUARY 2011


Today delegates from SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communications, held their first ever meeting in Ireland in Dublin’s Alexander Hotel.  Please see below a special letter of welcome by Cardinal Seán Brady to the delegates:

Dear SIGNIS delegate,

I would like to welcome all of the SIGNIS delegates to their first meeting in Ireland.

On your arrival, I hope that your received our world renowned warm welcome and hospitality.  Most importantly, I trust that your deliberations and reflections held during your Dublin meeting were fruitful and that they will aid the future plans of SIGNIS.

This week the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, in his message for World Day of Social Communications 2011, reminds us that “direct human relations always remain fundamental for the transmission of the faith”.  Mindful of this advice, SIGNIS, as the World Catholic Association for Communications, holds a special responsibility to support its members in encouraging young people to engage with those who are leaders in shaping contemporary culture through film and documentary making.

In particular, I wish to commend the work of SIGNIS in its efforts to try and build bridges with the different regions of Europe.  It is important that the Association continues to challenge the marginalisation of our Christian culture in Europe through its various activities in film, television, internet and in other media.

As a member of SIGNIS the Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Episcopal Conference will continue to contribute to the Association’s objectives.

I wish you well regarding your forthcoming SIGNIS biannual assembly, involving all member countries in Europe, which will take place in Budapest in June 2011.

Yours faithfully in Christ,

+ Seán Brady

Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland