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July 16, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 World Communications Day – The Pope Speaks

  On this Sunday,(May 13), all roads will lead to the popular Maria Assumpta Cathedral where all the media workers from across the State and beyond with their friends and well-wishers will join their counter parts all over the world to celebrate their annual World Communications Day. This annual intellectual harvest which is open to all starts by 9: am with a concelebrated high Mass at the Cathedral, followed by a lecture on this year’s theme by an eminent scholar carefully chosen by His Grace Most Reverend Anthony J.V. Obinna. It is expected that he will do justice to this…

World Communications Day Holds Sunday May 13

  The annual World Communications Day comes up on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The theme for this year is, “The truth will set you free (John 8:32): Fake news and Journalism for peace”. His holiness Pope Francis sends this message to the entire Universal Church of Christ, beckoning on all Christians to stand on the truth always and everywhere. A press release signed by Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu, Director of Communications/Media, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, said Christian media workers in associations with the Imo State government will celebrate the Day in a grand style. The ceremony begins with a concelebrated…

World Communications Day: Appreciating the Author of Communications

Serving As Useful Idiots

The World Communications Day was marked with grandeur on Sunday May 28. It’s ovation was felt in every nook and cranny of the world, especially among the men of the press; the journalists and those who have to do with social media.   We are aware that “every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses on how it can best use them to promote gospel values …. World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in1967 as an annual celebration that encourages us to reflect on the opportunities and…

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 51ST WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Access to the media – thanks to technological progress that makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. SAINT JOHN CASSIAN, Epistle to Leontius).   I wish to address this message to all those who, whether in…

The Youth and the call for Mercy

Another year has come for our Catholic Youths to reflect on an aspect of our faith. This year theme is “the Youth and the Call for Mercy”. This theme is in tandem with the Holy Father, Pope Francis call on this Jubilee year, “The year of Mercy”. The fact is that we the children of God must be basking in the comfort of Divine Mercy. It has become axiomatic therefore that the Catholic Youths should choose Mercy as the central guide for their youth week. The call to be merciful is a universal call by our Lord Jesus Christ to…

Vatican announces Theme for 2016 World Communications Day Message

  Social Communications on Tuesday announced the theme for the 2016 World Communications Day. It is Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter. The day is celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost, which next year is on 8 May. World Communications Day was established by Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council in order to draw attention to the “the vast and complex phenomenon of the modern means of social communication.” The choice of theme this years has clearly been determined by the Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, and the Holy Father undoubtedly desired that World Communications…

Draw courage from Christ’s prayer for His disciples – Priest reminds faithful

Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha blessing the Journalists  during their thanksgiving. Christians have been reminded of the need, in times of persecutions, challenges and difficulties to draw courage from the prayer for unity and perseverance which Christ said for His disciples before returning to His Father in heaven. Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, Vocations Director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, gave the reminder last Sunday while preaching the homily at the Eucharistic celebration to mark this year’s World Communications Day at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The Monsignor, who represented the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna…

It’s time for healing after turbulent elections … Archbishop Obinna

  With the general elections behind us and party politics returning to normal, the Archbishop of Owerri His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V Obinna has drawn attention to the need for everyone to forgive one another in the interest of peace, progress and common good. He said forgiveness, healing and reconciliation across the board were necessary for the country and people to move forward, given what transpired in the last two months when the country held a turbulent and contentious general election. “It was an election full of acrimonies and bitterness. So much went wrong and many people are still…

Theme for World Communications Day 2015 Announced

The Vatican has announced that the theme of the next World Communications Day will be “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” In a communique issued Monday, 29th September, the Vatican said the theme follows in continuity with the previous year’s message. At the same time, the topic “fits into the context of the central theme of the next two synods on the family.” “The daily news show us the difficulties facing the family today,” the statement adds. “Often times cultural changes do not help us appreciate how much the family is a good…

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY: – Prof. Koga calls for more Church, Media collaboration

There is a compelling need for a synergy and collaboration between the Church and media as the most powerful and influential institutions in the society today. A Professor of Mass Communications, Mr. Victor Koga, made this observation in a paper he presented at this year’s World Communications Day celebration at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, titled: 48th World Communications Day: Analysis of Pope Francis Message. The erudite professor who was analyzing the Pope’s message titled: Communication Service of Authentic Culture of Encounter”, said that the Church and the media have the power to inform, educate, sensitize and entertain.  “They also…