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Mar 16, 2018


The essence of the communication apostolate of the Church is to reach out with the truth which is Jesus Christ, and “the Catholic Church holds that the origin of human communication is located in the Divine Trinity”. These were kernels of the goodwill message of Rev. Fr. Martin Onukwuba, President of the Regional Union of Priests of West Africa, delivered at the opening ceremony of the first Plenary Meeting of the Association of Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communication of the Church in Nigeria, held recently at Eziafakaego Garden Resort, Nnokwa, near Onitsha, Anambra State.

Noting that the theme of the meeting has a triple dimensions, Fr. Onukwuba declared: “The truth we are referring to here is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the truth. The Catholic Church holds that the origin of human communication is located in the Divine Trinity.” He continued: “We are into communication, my dear brothers and sisters, and studied communication, not simply for academic satisfaction or for intellectual appreciation, but in order to find out what God wishes us to do.”

Speaking on the theme of the meeting, the President of the association of the priests of the West African Region noted that fake news “undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories”, He therefore called on the directors to work assiduously and brace up for the challenges of the social media and other organs of information dissemination that facilitate the publication of fake news ; and promote journalism for peace through equal rights and justice.

Fr Onukwuba used the occasion to advocate for a national Catholic newspaper in the country; collaboration between the directors and diocesan priests and other associations, embrace the job committedly and be fruitful as well as be very relevant in the evangelization apostolate of the Church in the various dioceses like other like the JDPC, “so that you have to prove yourselves now and soar high”.

While commending the Archdioceses and dioceses that have made tremendous strides in the communication apostolate through the establishment of TV/Radio Stations and print media organs, Fr. Onukwuba also used the occasion to call on the Bishops of the country to keep the directors in their offices for long to enable them make significant impact.

In his own message, the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); Rev. Fr. Chris Anyanwu reminded the directors of the paramount importance of the collaboration between the national office and the association for the effective and successful communication apostolate of the Church in the country. He briefed the members on the activities of the affiliate bodies of the communication apostolate of the Church in the country and commended the directors for the large turn-out for the meeting.

Speaking in the same vein, the President of the association and Communication Director for Onitsha Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Pius Ukor, in his welcome address commended the directors for braving many odds to attend the meeting and assured them of a very conducive atmosphere for successful deliberations. He assured them on the issue of security and hospitality of the government and people of Anambra State.

Goodwill messages were also delivered by the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State chapter, the President of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), the Director of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and the President of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON).

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