…Visits Awka Diocese, Anambra State Govt
By Amaka Olua
The national executive of SIGNIS has commenced a nation-wide tour to solicit support for a movie production aimed at promoting moral education and restoring lost cultural values of the nation. The SIGNIS team last Tuesday, visited the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, and the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, in pursuance of their objective.
The Fides Director, Rev Fr Martin Anusi, led the SIGNIS team to the Catholic Bishop of Awka. While introducing the team, Fr Anusi disclosed that SIGNIS was the umbrella of the Catholic Communication Practitioners under the auspices of the Vatican, made up of Catholic actors and actresses, saying that the visit was to solicit support for their movie production.
Addressing the team, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, commended their efforts, saying they had rekindled his desire for communication. He said communication was the most important way of evangelizing the word of God and asked them to carry on with their good work, even as he assured them of his blessings, support and encouragement.
Bishop Ezeokafor also charged them not to relent in their work and prayed God to take them to greater heights.
Also speaking, the National President, SIGNIS Nigeria, Rev Fr Patrick Alumukuo, explained that their tour to Anambra State was of great importance with state governors who are Catholic.
Recalling how they had earlier paid a solidarity visit to the governor of Benue State who was happy to receive them, he maintained that SIGNIS usually had a world congress every four years, with the next one slated for Seoul, South Korea. He said they were working toward attending the congress with a very strong movie, adding that they were sourcing for funds for the production of the film which would cost about 20 million Naira.
For his part, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, said communication was very important and a key part of Christian Ministry.
He maintained that the Church was facing a major challenge globally which was how to remain faithful to the teaching of Jesus Christ in the face of the many changes facing the modern world and noted that communication was a major instrument towards achieving it.
He stressed the need for the Church to accommodate the various segments and tendencies in society without losing the central message of Christianity, even as he added that Ecumenism should be re-ignited.
Obiano noted that a body like SIGNIS should interface with similar bodies in other churches, such as the Anglicans, as a way of promoting ecumenism, saying it should not be allowed to die.