The family’s task to educate in the religious dimension, the influence of
mass media, and the resulting educational challenges were the topics at the
heart of the seminar entitled “Family and Religious Education in a Media
Environment” “, which was held on November 6, 2010. The seminar was
organized by the Institute for Advanced Religious Studies of the University
of the Holy Cross (
) in collaboration with the Forum of the Family Associations (

The seminar included over one hundred highly qualified participants,
varying from teachers and professors of religion to social workers and

The experts who addressed the “media factor” in the general education
process, and particularly in faith education, were: Francesco Belleti,
President of the Forum of the Family Associations, Francesco Cantelmi,
professor of psychology at the the University of Rome LUMSA, France Olearo,
of the Perseus Foundation and member of the Film Review Board of Revision
for the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Norberto González Gaitano,
director of Familyandmedia.

“The creative capacity to forge and diffuse lifestyles, to exalt or debase
ethical values” served as the springboard for reflection and for
establishing criteria and guiding principles for educators. “To educate
children in the freedom and autonomy of thought also depends upon the way
of dealing with, understanding, and learning how to use the various means
of communication.”

Throughout the day, different digital initiatives at the service of the
family were presented, such as and our


Educational resources for marriage and family


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