Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - Spreading the news of the Gospel via air: this is the aim of "Good News Radio", the first Catholic radio born in Pakistan, launched by the Archdiocese of Karachi, led by Bishop Joseph Coutts, who is also President of the Bishops' Conference of Pakistan.
As reported to Fides by Fr. Arthur Charles, Secretary of the Commission for Social Communications of the Pakistani Bishops, the inauguration took place in St. Patrick’s high school, in Karachi, on November 22, in the presence of more than a thousand faithful.
Priests, religious and laity will collaborate in the transmissions. A group of seven volunteers provides six hours of original content, live every day.
Fr. Arthur Charles, who conceived the project, tells Fides that "one can use mass media to evangelize. The radio will be a tool to enrich the lives of the listeners in our country": "We thought that, with the advent of broadband internet, the radio would be one of the online media to use. It provides opportunities that are not found elsewhere", he said
"In this way the Lord uses us for His Kingdom. If we cannot go to difficult or remote areas to preach the message of Jesus, we bring the gospel everywhere with the radio and other mass media. It is just like planting a seed" he adds.
"Good News Radio" will be more than just "talk radio", it will explain the Church's teaching, comment social issues, global events, current events, but will also propose theology and apologetics. Archbishop Joseph Coutts commented: "We give thanks to God, and we put the radio project in his hands. We hope that people across the country receive a message of hope to improve their lives according to the values of peace, love and harmony". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/11/2014)