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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.