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Kenyan Catholic media institutions gather to mark World Communications Day 2018

Kenyan Catholic media institutions gather to mark World Communications Day 2018

Nairobi, May, 22nd, 2018 (CANAA). Various media institutions in Kenya convened in Nakuru diocese Saturday, May 12 to mark World Communications Day 2018, the eve of the worldwide event that was celebrated on Sunday, May 13. Organized by Amani Radio, a diocesan radio station belonging to Kenya’s Nakuru diocese, the event brought together representatives from Capuchin Television in Kenya, Catholic Mirror Newspaper of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Tangaza University College’s Institute of Social Communication (ISC), as well as Umoja Radio, an initiative of Nakuru diocese. The Local Ordinary of Nakuru diocese, Bishop Maurice Muhatia presided over the celebration, during which he emphasized the value of communication in the Church’s mission. “Communication in the Church is found in the pastoral department as an instrument of evangelization,” Bishop Muhatia said and added with reference to the Church’s engaging of communication gadgets, “It is the means towards an end, but not an end in itself.” The Communication Coordinator of Nakuru diocese, Sr. Michelle Njeri reiterated the theme of World Communications Day 2018, calling for responsibility and caution in the use of social media. “I appeal to all users and consumers of social media (Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp) to be vigilant and scrupulous on every post read, and to exercise the discipline of not forwarding controversial media posts whose authenticity cannot be verified,” Sr. Michelle said. She added, ““I urge the media fraternity in Kenya to strive at all times to verify information before publishing, and to desist from biased, corrupt or prejudiced reporting.” World Communications Day follows the 1963 Second Vatican Council decree Inter Mirifica, which addressed media of social communication. Since then, the event is marked annually on the Sunday before Pentecost Sunday. This year, it was marked on May 13 under the theme, The truth will set you free (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace. Click HERE for Pope’s message on World Communications Day 2018.  
Lebanon film awarded at 71st Cannes Film Festival

Lebanon film awarded at 71st Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, May, 22nd, 2018 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). At the 71st Cannes Festival, the 2018 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon). The film is about Zain, a 12-year-old boy suing his parents for giving him life. The Jury members said that “holding nothing back, the director meets the extreme plight of children with fearless humanity.” They added “throughout the Competition, it is women and children, the immigrants and outcasts, who have shown by their perseverance and ingenuity, love and courage, the full possibility of the human spirit.” The Ecumenical Jury also gave a special commendation to Blackkklansman by Spike Lee (United States), for being “a wake-up call about continuing racism not only in the USA, but for the wider world. Told through humor and horror, this film condemns the misappropriation of religion in the cause of hatred.” The Jury members were Inês MENDES GIL, (Portugal), Robert K. JOHNSTON (USA), Richard LEONARD (Australia), Alain le GOANVIC (France), Pierre-Auguste HENRY (France) and Thomas SCHÜPBACH (Switzerland). More info here.