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Catholic network Aleteia promotes dialogue online

'Seekers of truth' to reach out to other faiths, atheists

18 September, 18:23
Catholic network Aleteia promotes dialogue online (ANSA) - Vatican City, September 18 - September 20 will see the formal launch of Aleteia (, a new Catholic social network destined for "seekers of the truth".

Over 1,000 media outlets, institutions and other organisations have reportedly already signed up to take part in the project whose name derives from the ancient Greek Aletheia, meaning 'truth'. "It is a great opportunity for the Church to expand dialogue with Catholics, Christians, followers of other religions and also non-believers, because (it) offers resources for all 'seekers of the truth'," said Aleteia president and former director of the Catholic Zenit news agency, Spanish journalist Jesus Colina.

"For this reason it has the support and backing of the pontifical councils for Social Communications and Promoting the New Evangelization," he added. The network will function in six languages: Italian, Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

It is the first initiative of the Foundation for the Evangelization through the Media (FEM) and comes ahead of the opening of the Catholic Year of Faith in October.