Participants urged to use media platforms to promote church events


ABOUT 13 people who attended a social communications media seminar were told to open avenues using media platforms to promote events in their diocese.
Catholic Bishop Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands social communication secretary Fr Ambrose Pereira told them at Hahela, Bougainville to reflect on social media.
Pereira taught them basic writing skills to write about inspiring events in their parishes and diocese.
“We need to move away from the old idea of equipment, gadgets and devices and understand that communication is networking and inspiration,” he said.
The sessions opened up avenues for nnetworking, communication, and evangelism.
Short films about global issues were screened also.
Pereira also spoke about the spirituality of communication.
“The participants discussed the power of social media,” he said.
“They realised the need to use the media and give a voice to the voiceless.
“It is my hope that communication will bring about policy change at the level of government,” he said
Diocese vicar general Fr Polycarp Kaviak said: “As priests, animators, and lay persons, we need to look at new ways to evangelise and deliver the gospel to our people.
“Spirituality, connection with the environment and faith sharing are aspects where social communications plays an important part.
“We need to revive the social communications sector and network with different groups of people, especially the young,”
Participants included priests, religious nuns and a lay person.