##Catholic IRC Chat Channel
Below, you can login to the public Catholic chat channel on the Freenode's IRC (Internet Relay Chat) system. Simply type in a nickname and click the "Connect" button.
Scroll down for more details, and to find out other ways to connect.
What is IRC?
From Wikipedia: Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client.
How do I join the ##catholic channel?
Simply type in
/join ##catholic from within any IRC client. Soon you'll be speaking with many others like you, who are interested in spreading the Catholic faith through technology.
Alternate Ways to Access IRC
There are many ways to join a channel in IRC:
- Use the web client (either above, or at http://webchat.freenode.net/).
- Use an IRC client for your Mac or PC (a good list of IRC clients on Wikipedia).
Unfortunately, due to firewall restrictions, many people will be unable to access IRC via one of the software programs, as many offices and schools block port 6667, on which IRC operates. In that case, use one of the online services instead.
Some Cool IRC Tricks
Private Messaging: have something you want to discuss with someone privately, outside the public ##catholic channel? Just type in
/msg username (replacing
username with the username of the person you want to talk to).
Changing Names: if you'd like to change your username (say, to inform someone you're on the channel, but need to run for a minute), just type in
/nick new_username (example: if you're running to lunch, type in
Directed Messages: To 'ping' someone inside the channel, simply type in his username and hit enter, or add his username anywhere in your message. Bonus shortcut: just type in the first couple letters of a username and press tab - the program will fill in the rest of the username!