ASIA/PAKISTAN – Announcing the Gospel in the media: communicators on mission
Ayubia (Agenzia Fides) – “Catholic communication professionals are evangelizers in the media: it is their vocation and their responsibility. We want to train our Catholic media professionals and help them improve their work to reach others through communication channels and social media. to advance and grow in this profession, in techniques and skills, in the light of the teachings of the Gospel and the values of the Church. The profession must be lived as a mission to always proclaim the truth, to transmit and spread messages of joy, hope, peace and unity,” Archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Joseph Arshad, Chairman of the Commission for Social Communications (NCSC) of the Pakistan Bishops’ Conference (PCBC) said. The Archbishop, who is also president of the Episcopal Conference, addressed media professionals at a recent training seminar organized by the Commission, saying: “As Catholics and members of the Church, we we are all called to preach the Good News and serve as evangelizers on media platforms. With your knowledge, you can reach out to other congregants and other people to share and encourage them to use media and social networks for evangelism. Our Social Communications Commission team is ready to help and facilitate their work and train people to serve the Church media in their dioceses.”
The Commission, in collaboration with SIGNIS Pakistan, organized a four-day training program at the Ayubia Catholic Youth House in late July, attended by Catholic media professionals from the Dioceses of Karachi and Lahore, Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and the Apostolic Vicariate of Quetta. The seminar, titled “Media Training for Evangelism,” aimed to help Catholic broadcasters improve participants’ skills for the pre-production, production and post-production of their programs, including sessions on scriptwriting, media ethics, news writing and fact finding. Workshops were devoted to voice-overs for television and radio, as well as photography and videography techniques. The training sessions covered the process of making a documentary, the use of social media, creating videos for YouTube, the right way to broadcast the Holy Mass on television.
Prof. Qaisar Feroz OFM Cap, President of SIGNIS Pakistan and Executive Secretary of NCSC, told Agenzia Fides: “The media can be a gift to spread the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must learn and master the techniques to use them in an attractive way and produce videos and programs that touch the hearts, minds and souls of the faithful, to bring them closer to God”. Urging attendees to beware of fake news, he went on to say, “We must work responsibly to reach listeners with good quality productions while maintaining a high standard in the use of modern techniques.” The seminar ended with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Arshad. Joel Gill, one of the participants from Quetta, appreciating the efforts of the Social Communication Commission, said with satisfaction: “The training helped me to improve my skills in writing scripts, news and videography, always in the purpose of bringing the gospel”. (AG/AP) (Agenzia Fides 08/02/20229)