Catholic Bishops recognise importance of social networks

Social Media, create a new environment and a new life style that not only requires Church presence and “use” of mass media, but “witnessing” of the Gospel in the new environment where people live.

The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands tackled the issue of new media and social networks on the second day of their Annual General Meeting on 10 April at Alexishafen, Madang.

Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME, CBC Secretary for Social Communications, and Fr. Phil Gibbs SVD, CBC Secretary for Social Concerns, introduced the topic referring also to the 2013 World Communication Day Message by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, “Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith: News Spaces for Evangelization”.

While it is clear that Social Communication is now definitely interactive, the main problem for PNG and Solomon Islands still lies in weak, unreliable and expensive Internet services. Young people, however, already live online in urban areas while remote places also gain progressive access to the world wide web through Digicel services.



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