ASIA/PAKISTAN - In Pakistan Evangelisation over the radio for 38th World Communications Day

Monday, 5 April 2004

Lahore (Fides) - To mark the Catholic Church’s 38th World Communications Day this year 2004, in Pakistan 16 May, the Church in Pakistan will use all the means at its disposal radio, audio-visual cassettes, music cassettes, printed material. The annual Day will focus this year on the family in keeping with the Message issued for the occasion by Pope John Paul II “The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness”.
One of the most involved institutions is the Catholic Bishops’ national Communications office Rabita Manzil Centre which is busy preparing material to distribute to parishes, convents, religious congregations and Catholic institutions.
Also deeply committed is “Wave Studios” run by the social communications office of Lahore archdiocese which evangelises through the media using all the latest modern equipment. “Wave Studios” produces and distributes music, audiocassettes, radio programmes for catechesis and animation of church communities. “Our mission - Wave Director Father John Nadeem, told Fides - is to promote the values of the Gospel in the era of communication”.
Urdu speakers will hear the message of World Communications’ Day in Urdu thanks to the Asian Catholic broadcaster Radio Veritas which since 2003 has produced more than 400 programmes on various subjects, social concerns, religious themes, formation, information and news. Moreover, secular Radios such as Radio Pakistan in Lahore, Punjab which often gives space to Christian opinions and voices and recently broadcast a popular series on interreligious dialogue, have promised to give space to the Communications Day message.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 5/4/2004 lines 28 words 287)