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Queen's experts comment on live streaming of Sunday's papal canonization

2014-04-23

Queen’s University social media expert Neil Bearse can comment on the Vatican’s most ambitious television and social media campaign ever while papal expert Robert Dennis can comment on two of the greatest popes of the 20th century becoming saints.

“Two of the greatest popes of the twentieth century will become saints on Sunday, April 27,” says Mr. Dennis, School of Religion. “John XXIII, Pope of the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II, the second longest serving pope, did as much to shape the modern Church as any two people in history."

Mr. Bearse, School of Business can talk about the digital media platform that will allow the world unprecedented access to Sunday’s event. A new website 2popesaints.org has been launched, the Vatican is setting up Twitter accounts, offering a smartphone app, a Facebook page and a YouTube Channel while the event is being screened in 3D in movie theatres in 20 different countries.

“The quickest way for a community to lose its next generation of followers is to fall in love with the previous generation’s technology,” says Mr. Bearse. “How does a Church best tell stories in a world where our books and tablets are no longer made of paper and stone? The Vatican is doing its best to find out. Like a start-up, they’re embracing the spirit of experimentation that digital media not only permits but also requires. Time stands still for no one, not even the Pope.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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