Keningau (Agenzia Fides) - Preaching the Gospel through the media: this is the goal of the Diocese of Keningau, in Malaysian Borneo which has launched a new Catholic online radio station: Radio Online Kekitaan. As reported to Fides by the local Bishop, Msgr. Cornelius Piong, the name of the radio station follows the motto of the diocese of Keningau, "kebahagiaan adalah kekitaan" (literally "happiness comes from solidarity").
The Bishop remarks that the initiative was launched on the occasion of the missionary month because "people love the radio, which is a familiar and very popular means of communication". "A new radio station on the Internet is a new instrument that the Church will use to spread the Word of the Gospel. This is why the broadcasts began in the month dedicated to the Mission, the month of October, precisely to underline the work of evangelization". The Bishop invites parishioners of all ages to listen to the radio online and to share this listening with other people. "This online radio station is a channel that uses today's technology. Through mass media, we can help spread the faith and responsibility of each baptized person to proclaim and witness the Gospel", he said.
Before its launch, Didiroy Joneh, president of the Diocesan Commission for Social Communications, trained the staff for two months, in collaboration with the "Voice of Kinabalu" radio station. Now the staff is ready to work. "We hope that you will persevere in this ministry and always emphasize the Good News of Jesus Christ, a gift for every man", said the President.
The programs of the new station are similar to those of commercial stations, but the main focus remains spirituality and evangelization. There are different segments and programs within the framework of the new station: reflection on the daily Word of God, spiritual songs, announcements and news concerning the life of the Church, in particular that of the Diocese of Keningau, through selected and reliable sources, debates and entertainment.
The Diocese of Keningau is located in the part of Indonesian territory located on the island of Borneo and precisely in the province of Sabah. Out of about 500,000 inhabitants of the Diocese, Catholics are 135,000 divided into 10 parishes.
The Federation of Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious country. Its population is made up of nearly 32.7 million people, 60% Muslim. Christians of all faiths represent 13% of the total population (among them 4% are Catholics). In the two federated states of Malaysian Borneo - Sabah and Sarawak - Christians represent respectively 26 and 42% of the total population. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 12/10/2020)