OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The objective of the Catholic means of communication: to be credible witnesses of the Gospel message

Tuesday, 2 March 2021


Port Moresby (Agenzia Fides) - The proper use of the press and its essential elements to communicate the Good News through news and events happening in and around the Diocese was at the center of the seminar dedicated to Social Communications 2021 entitled 'Hope Amidst COVID-19' recently held at the headquarters of the Conference of Catholic Bishops (CBCPNGSI) in Wagani.
Among the main issues addressed by the participants of particular importance were Church Communication, the creation of diocesan newsletters, the importance of the press, its presentation, its style, the elements for writing news, guidelines for photography as well as practical activities and the presentation of a number of products.
In his speech regarding Church Communication, Father Ambrose Pereira, SDB, Secretary for Social Communications, stressed the importance of authenticity and of being credible witnesses to the Gospel message.
The priest also stressed the need to inspire people, transform communities and achieve social change within communities through correct information, education and entertainment.
The participants, who represented the Dioceses of Wabag, Goroka, Alotau, Mt Hagen, Lae, Kavieng and Aitape, as well as the National Catholic Church Health Services (NCCHS), expressed their enthusiasm for the experience which has helped them grow and learn about new approaches, each in their specific sectors.
"We must develop our capacity as communicators and actively contribute in our dioceses", said Fr. Bibin Babu, from the diocese of Goroka. "This training definitely broadened my understanding, my appreciation of the crucial role of the press", said the NCCHS Chief Information Officer, who described the seminar as an experience that provided him with a detailed insight into the press, writing and photography. In conclusion, Snyder William, speaker and editor of the Catholic FM in the diocese of Lae, descrive the seminar as an opportunity for the participants to refine their skills in the field of writing and photography. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 2/3/2021)