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Moroto diocese hosts the 50th world communications day celebration

Kampala, May, 19th, 2016 (New Contact/ Jacinta W. Odongo). Catholic communicators from 18 Dioceses across Uganda joined the faithful at Regina Mundi Cathedral Parish in the Diocese of Moroto on Sunday April 24, to celebrate the 50th World Communications day at national level.

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The Bishops (center) and the communicators

World Communications Day is celebrated by the Catholic Church annually on the Sunday before Pentecost, which this year was held on May 8. However, the local Church can adjust the date according to its needs. The theme for this year as released by His Holiness Pope Francis on January 24 was, “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.”

The Liturgical celebration, which was organized by Moroto Diocese in collaboration with the Social Communications Department of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), kicked-off in grand style amidst songs, dances and cheers from the faithful. The Mass began with a procession of bishops and priests who head various diocesan social communications departments and Catholic media institutions in the country.

Bishop Guzzetti presided over the Mass that was concelebrated by Bishop Franzelli, Bishop Filippi and over 10 priests. In his homily, Bishop Guzzetti said that effective communication should promote the commandment of love and peace but not hatred, animosity among other vices. “In today’s communication 90 percent of the news reported is only negative and this is because of money,” he said. “As communicators we should look beyond money and gain the courage to guide the people towards the processes of reconciliation to build lasting peace since we are all one just like Pope Francis said during his visit last year.”

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Bishop Franzelli (standing), Bishop Guzzetti (right) and Fr. Odii (left).

He further highlighted the Pope’s message which emphasized the need to communicate with everyone, without exception. “What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s won power,” read a section of the Pope’s message.

Bishop Guzzetti urged the communicators to meditate on the gospel daily, to speak about the Mercy of God in their radio programs and to emulate Pope Francis’ humble way of life, and gave them an example of the recent deed of the Holy Father when he visited the Greek Island of Lesbos and took 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican.

In his speech, Bishop Franzelli called on the Catholic communicators to read critically, reflect and act on the message of the Holy Father by helping people in their dioceses to bring down the walls surrounding them. “The Pope’s message needs to be put into action by touching people’s hearts to sustain them in their journey. Our communication should help people build bridges and bring down the walls of corruption, revenge, child sacrifice and hatred among other things,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the UEC Social Communications Department, Fr Philip Odii, thanked Moroto diocese and the communicators for the wonderful organization of the celebrations and appealed to the Christians to continue supporting the communication work of the Church.

At the end of the Liturgical celebration, the communicators were awarded with certificates for their participation in the web-designing training workshop which earlier had been held at Tamarind Inn in Moroto from April 20-21. The communicators from Tororo Ecclesiastical province also handed over the ‘Communications Drum’ to the communicators of Lugazi Diocese, the hosts of the 2017 National Celebrations of World Communication Day.


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