The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has challenged the people responsible for communication in the Catholic Church to improve their skills because the church’s presence in the media is little.
ECM secretary general Father George Buleya challenged the communicators on Monday when he opened a two-day meeting for communicators in the church who include directors of Catholic media houses, diocesan secretaries for communications and members of the Association of Catholic Journalists.
“Communication is vital for the evangelisation process. You either communicate or die. Communication is a window through which the church communicates to the world. Today, people will judge if you are dead or living communicators by simply monitoring from the media,” he said.
Added Buleya: “We get questions from people that there is a missing link between teachings of the church and the people the programmes are meant for. We can strengthen the link as communicators.”
National secretary for communications Sister Helen Kasaka said communicators in the church are facing problems, but was quick to add that they need to be creative and make initiatives.
The meeting discussed challenges and opportunities facing communicators. The participants also discussed ways of disseminating contents of Pope Benedict XV1 document called Africae Munus (Africa’s Commitment) and activities on the Year of Faith which runs from October 2012 to November 2013.
Present at the meeting included Fathers Joseph Kimu of Radio Maria, Gabriel Jana of Radio Alinafe, Piergiogio Gamba of Montfort Media, Preceano Muyakha of Blantyre Archdiocese, Kondwani Mwenegamba of Karonga Diocese, Paul Chirwa of Mzuzu Diocese, Steve Likhucha of Zomba Diocese and Peter White of Dedza Diocese.