OCEANIA/ SOLOMON ISLANDS - Sisters Evangelise at Internet cafes

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) - Becoming familiar with the Internet and new information technology and evangelise at the same time, telling people that being Christians in the third millennium means using the present day media and playing an active part in society. This is the experience of Catholic Sisters in Solomon Islands who took part in a recent seminar and practical exercises held at an Internet cafe in the centre of the capital Honiara. The seminar, attended by 15 local women religious, was given by two Marist Brothers from Australia.
The Brothers explained how IT can be used to improve pastoral work, interaction among distant religious communities, programme co-ordination, relations with local civil society groups and associations. A second focus was support for initiatives of assistance and solidarity for poor people, and victims of natural disasters.
Catholic religious in Solomons are active in pastoral work and social apostolate. In the years of civil war they helped promote reconciliation and peace. The local Church gives special attention to forming religious and lay Catholics to the use of new media and technology with various seminars organised by the diocesan Social Communications Commission.
The seminars touch various moral issues as well as theology and always combine theory with practical experience with the use of media, radio, the Internet, television. This is to keep pastoral workers updated with the development of the media and the opportunities they offer for evangelisation. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/11/2007 righe 24 parole 248)