Social communications vital in mission

“It is important that social communications ministries play a role in assisting in the Church’s mission by opening doors for the people to go out beyond the Net and into the life of true community and abundance which Christ and His Church offer,” said Bishop Cornelius Sim.

Aug 09, 2019

JOHOR BAHRU: “It is important that social communications ministries play a role in assisting in the Church’s mission by opening doors for the people to go out beyond the Net and into the life of true community and abundance which Christ and His Church offer,” said Bishop Cornelius Sim.

“This can be achieved by creating positive Catholic contents using new media that can attract people’s attention. The Gospel message and the teachings of the Church remain the same but the evangelical mission needs to be rejuvenated in creative ways to appeal to the people of the present,” he further emphasised.

This was said during the recent annual Regional Commission for Social Communications meeting at MAJODI, where Bishop Sim is the President.

During the four-day meeting, members of the Commission exchanged knowledge and experience in the use of social media and the Net, learning off each other the best ways to “better connect” with the Netizens, which are largely the Millennials and Gen-Z. In better understanding the current trends and psychology of the Netizens, members of the Commission will be able to play to the strengths of technology and the Net to help people to discover, or “rediscover,” their faith relationship with God, who is Communion and Love, as a strong alternative to pop culture which dominates the contents on the Net.

The Commission also recognises the ceaseless development, and the inevitable immersion, of technology and the Internet in a person’s life. As such, it is only beneficial for the members of the Commission to better coordinate in the collaborative efforts in order to, primarily, be more effective and efficient in bringing the same Good News to the people, especially to the young, and also to encourage more participation of the laity in the life of the Church.

Among the collaborative efforts, all members are committed to continue sharing resources on digital materials and publications. Notably, the Diocese of Keningau will be sharing its daily reflection podcasts in the Malay language with other dioceses and collaborating with the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur to reach more listeners, especially in West Malaysia. The Diocese of Malacca Johore and the Archdiocese of Kuching will embark on introducing live-streaming and webinar in their respective dioceses in an effort for diocesan events to reach a wider audience.

Lastly, with the assent of the President of the Commission, Bishop Cornelius Sim, it is pertinent that the Commission conduct a review of its Constitution to ensure that the objectives, vision and mission of the Commission remain relevant and focused, and to guide the members of the Commission to a clearer vision of their roles as communicators. The review of the Constitution will be tabled in the following year’s meeting.

The Commission will next meet in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia, June 15 – 18, 2020.

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