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Catholic archdiocese solicits support for premier Christian social media

Wednesday 17 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Lagos, Brussels, February 17th, 2016 (SIGNIS/The eagle online). The Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins has called for support to make the “Catholic Agora” initiative achieve its mission to help people of the digital age grow in the word of God. The “Catholic Agora” is a social online community-owned platform and managed by the Directorate of Social Communications on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.

Martins said the Catholic Agora, the first in Africa, was also aimed at helping the men and women of the digital age have expectations and hope in God. He said: “The Catholic Agora is expected to spread the word of God through a digital platform and we want it to be successful. I seek support for the Catholic Agora, which is the medium that the archdiocese is using to evangelise and reach out to all peoples, especially the young. The older people are like immigrants in the cyber space, but there are so many young people who can be referred to as citizens of this space.

“So, we need to reach out to the citizens to bring the gospel of Christ to them in a very powerful and engaging way so that they can enjoy the word of God in a cyber way. We need to support the initiative. It is the first in Africa. We are blazing the trail and it is important to blaze it well so that others can emulate.”

Also speaking, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, the Director of Social Communications in the archdiocese, said the Catholic Agora social media was unveiled in August 2015.
Osu explained that it was a user driven, highly accessible platform to serve as online tool for evangelism, as well as to enhance the way and manner of communication and information sharing.

He said: “The Catholic Agora is our version of the Facebook. This is because virtually all the features that can be found in any internationally recognised social media can also be found on the Catholic Agora and even much more. The social media is the new face of global communication. News and data can now be got on-the-go click of a button. Indeed, technology has totally revolutionalised the way and manner we interact, our fashion sense, economic and political activities and even the way we worship. With so much power, religious institutions like the Catholic Church have also become active players. We must be able to influence trends and ensure that the people of God remain firmly grounded in their faith. This is the clear mission of the Catholic Agora and we urge Christians and well-meaning individuals to support this cause.”

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