Origin of "Propaganda"

1622--For 300 years, the word "propaganda" did not have a negative connotation. The first time the word was used was when Pope Gregory XV founded the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide). The Congregation, based in Rome, was set up to oversee the efforts of missionaries, who were charged with propagating Catholicism throughout the Christian world. The word did not have a negative connotation until it was used by the Nazis in the 1930s. When Bernays wrote the book by that name, in 1928, it was used to mean persuasion of the masses. Read Bernays's entire book here: www.historyisaweapon.org/defcon1/bernprop.html