Pope Benedict XVI announces the theme for the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013: “Go and make disciples of all peoples” (Matthew 28:19).
Rafa Rubio (Spain) – Prior to becoming the director of the Department of Communication of World Youth Day, he was responsible for the social networks of WYD. He is a father of three daughters and is passionate about communication in the Internet age. @rafarubio
Sr. Kristen Gardner (USA) - Sr. Kristen is a young religious of the Siervas del Hogar de la Madre community, and is the webmaster of the WYD website, madrid11.com, in collaboration with volunteers from all over the world.
Fr. Roderick Vonhogen (The Netherlands) - The initiation of Fr. Roderick into new media of communication began while he was reporting from St. Peter’s Basilica following the death of Blessed John Paul II, and then from the conclave that elected John Paul II’s successor, Pope Benedict XVI. He is the founder and executive director of what is currently Star Quest Production Network, which specializes in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Roman Catholic Church. @FatherRoderick
Jo-Anne Rowney (UK) - She currently works in the Press Office of the Diocese of Westminster to promote social communication media in the diocese, and works on social strategy for media, researching for ways to participate and to develop manners in which the Church uses social communication media. @JoAnneRowney
Panel Discussion featuring Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop-designate of Philadelphia; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light Media Foundation; and Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law at George Mason University.
Faith and Entertainment Panel at the Love and Life Centre at the Palacio de Deportes of Madrid, during World Youth Day 2011.