Honiara (Agenzia Fides) -Human Rights and Violence is the focus of the latest issue of Voice Katolika magazine, produced by the Catholic Church in Solomon Islands. Readers will find contributions by experts, formative articles, reflections by theologians, and also stories of concrete experience of suffering caused by natural disasters and by violence which in recent years affected the formerly peaceful small Solomons community. People share their experiences of the earthquake and tsunami e in early April, which once again brought grief and suffering to the people.
Quoting the Gospel according to St John “I have come that they may have life in abundance ” (Jn 10,10), editor Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb, in charge of Catholic Communications Solomons writes in his editorial: “ When our Human Rights are violated, we have Human Wrongs which cause pain, suffering, destruction, death …. not only to the person who is wronged but to all in the universe either directly or indirectly in some way, at some time, whether in the present or in the future. Therefore, to right Human Wrongs is the duty and responsibility of every human being so that all may live lives of abundance and freedom. This issue brings to you articles that we hope will enable us understand our Human Rights and the corresponding duties and responsibilities that go with it.”.
Recently Voice Katolika was updated to be more incisive in society and respond to the new challenges involved in communicating, informing and forming the local Catholic community. The quarterly printed in 1,600 copies, shares the life of the local Church with articles, contributions by experts and photographs.
Aware of the impact of the means of social communications, besides print media, the local Church also has its own Catholic radio station Radio don Bosco, and a news service via the Internet. Fr. Ambrose notes “communications is important to raise the level of instruction in a country still tackling social and healthcare problems”. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 8/5/2007 righe: 25 parole 259)