Regional Social Communications’ meeting with a difference

This year’s annual meeting of the Episcopal Regional Commission for Social Communication of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei was held via Google Meet on September 13-14.

Sep 23, 2022

A screengrab of the annual Episcopal Regional Social Communications meeting held September 13-14, 2022.


KOTA KINABALU: This year’s annual meeting of the Episcopal Regional Commission for Social Communication of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei was held via Google Meet on September 13-14. This time, the members were not required to submit their annual reports. Instead, they just listened, discussed, shared and learned from each other in line with Pope Francis’ 56th World Day of Social Communications message Listening with the ear of the heart.

In attendance were 25 participants: representing the 11 arch/dioceses of the region, and representatives from SIGNIS Malaysia and the Daughters of St Paul. The opening Mass on Sept 13 presided over by Cardinal William Goh of Singapore, the RCSC President, was livestreamed from the Communications Centre Office Singapore. This was followed by his welcome and keynote address based on the Pope’s WCD message.

The participants discussed on possible collaboration among the arch/dioceses to come out with a single or joint platform on various issues and the need to set up a crisis communication centre or office in each arch/diocese. These discussions continued on the second day but no decisions were taken.

Aside from the discussions, the participants also shared their respective social communication office’s involvement in the synodal process, the issues or points that emerged from the process, and the contributions the media office could make to further the objectives of the synod.

The venue for the 2023 RCSC meeting will be in Sibu but the date has yet to be set. The meeting concluded with Mass presided over by Archbishop Julian Leow of KL. —Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu

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