. . . Be Communicators of Peace, stability and Positive Change-Bishop Jonas Benson
By Mercy Hill
The Catholic Diocese of Awka, on Sunday, June 2, 2019 joined other faithful around the world to commemorate the 53rd World Communications Day which had its theme as ”We are Members one of Another, from Social Network Communities to the Human Community” at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Awka.
The Celebration organised by the Social Communications Department of the Catholic Diocese of Awka,Fides Communications, had in attendance dignitaries and Media practitioners from around Anambra State, was preceded by a concelebrated Holy Mass presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye.
In his homily during the Mass, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye while explaining the Pope’s and Bishop’s messages for the 2019 World Communications Day, talked on ”Disciples, Complete thy Master’s Work” noting that humans are at the centre of God’s creation and it was duty bound for all Media practitioners, especially Journalists to propagate and finish the gospel of Christ through disseminating the right information. He emphasized that the Pope’s message of being ”One of Another” is profound in putting away falsehood and being truthful in all aspects of communication.
He further urged all to unite, network and form a synergy to fight the social pains, failures as well as the evils that dug into the Nigerian society, noting that Words are weapons for Revolution.
Commending Journalists who he referred to as prophets that used their pen to fight injustice in the society which had led to some deprivation of social promotions, the Cleric urged all to be consoled and determined for there was hope for them.
The Cathedral Administrator, Fr. Mathew Attansey appreciated the Bishop of Awka Diocese Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor and the Director of Fides Communications, Fr. Martin Anusi for organising such auspicious event annually. He thanked Media practitioners present for their contribution in making the event a success.
For his part, Fides Communications Director, Fr. Martin Anusi while speaking to Press men after the Mass, said that the Catholic Church in the entire world from 1967, celebrates Communications Day because for him, it was a gift to mankind and should be harnessed to meet the objective to build the human community and the human person. Fr. Anusi, explained further that it was celebrated to build a healthy human community, and that practitioners be optimistic about communication, so they could help prevail over the unfavourable circumstances facing the country. He advised Nigerians to always recall that communication was a gift and they should make the best use of it.
Leading in an interactive session during the celebration, the MD/CEO, Anambra Broadcasting Service, Nze Uche Nwaorah urged Journalists to move from their resting zone and aim higher to embrace technovation, fact checking and be more positive in their approach to communications.
Other people who spoke included the State Chairman National Union of Journalist, Sir Emma Ifesinachi; The MD, National Light, Sir Chuka Nnabuife; the chairman Fire Service Commission, Engr Martin Agbuli; the Director News and Current Affairs, ABS, Mr. Gab Okpalaeze; as well as the Editor in Chief, Fides Newspapers, Hon. Jude Atupulazi, who in their various speeches moved that communicators should embrace unity with an intension to relate with the human person close to them.
A special thanksgiving Mass by the Fides Staff Welfare, FISWA and other Media practitioners in Anambra State formed the highlight of the event.