ASIA/INDIA - Catholics in Kerala open new Internet site: modern pulpit for evangelisation

Monday, 5 September 2005

Kochi (Fides Service) - Catholic Bishops in Kerala state, south west India, have launched a web site on the Internet to improve the Church’s use of this means of communication which offers a valuable channel for evangelisation. The site was officially opened by Bishop Thomas Chakiath auxiliary of Ernakulam-Angamaly at the end of a recent two day seminar in at Kochin Pastoral Centre with the participation of about 40 diocesan delegates for communications, Catholic journalists and media experts. In his address for the occasion Bishop Chakiath stressed the crucial role of the means of communications and the necessity to educate young people to a critical use of the media and modern information technology.
He said the present day digital society challenges the Church offering new pulpits for evangelisation. He said by opening opened this new Internet site the Church in Kerala intends to meet this challenge and also to create deeper communion among Catholic communities as well as establish contact with non Catholics.
The Church in India is convinced the media and modern information technology, the Internet in particolar, can and must be used to build peace and harmony in Indian society.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 5/9/2005 righe 21 parole 213)