OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Evangelising in the Pacific via the media: local Church initiatives in view of annual Communications Day

Tuesday, 3 May 2005

Honiara (Fides Service) - In Solomon Islands there is growing awareness that the media provide an excellent channel for evangelisation. In view of the annual Communications Day, 8 May, the local Catholic Church has promoted various initiatives to help the local people, young ones in particular, to see the media, radio, TV and print media, as ‘new pulpits’ for sharing the Good News with the whole world .
Recently pupils and teachers of four schools took part in a seminar on education to a critical use of the media held at Don Bosco House of Prayer in Honiara. The aim of the seminar, organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Social Communications and addressed mainly to young people, was to underline that the media should transmit values and the Church should make an effort to use these new ‘pulpits’ to spread the Gospel.
In Solomon Islands the Gospel travels also by a new Catholic broadcaster Radio Bosco opened on 27 February. This Salesian radio broadcasts programmes of education, news, music, religious topics, besides daily broadcast of Mass live.
Moreover the local Church’s newsletter “Voice Katolica” will soon take on a new form. The publication will undergo global editorial renewal to be more incisive in society and meet the challenges of communication. Solomon Islands has a population of 450,000 and only 20% are literate, and most of these are Christians thanks to long years of service of Christian schools and education.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 3/5/2005 Righe: 32 Parole: 345)