Catholics in the world are commemorating 49th World Communications Day and in Malawi, the celebration of World Communication Sunday takes place during the last Sunday of July every year. This year, Malawi is celebrating the day on Sunday, 26 July.
The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) communications officer Prince Henderson has said Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, Chairperson for the Communications Commiasion in his message for the day has since challenged Catholic Communicators and the youth to effectively use the modern media technologies.
A member from the Association of Catholic Journalist, Augustine Mulomole has also described the day as crucial to the Malawi Catholic Communicators.
In a message to all the Christian faithful, the Bishops of Malawi re- echoed Pope Francis’ message on the importance of the family. Pope Francis’ message for the 49 World Communication Sunday is entitled, “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”
The Malawian Bishops’ message signed by Karonga Diocese Bishop, Martin Mtumbuka urges the appropriate use of electronic gadgets in families and even among priests and the religious.
According to the message, Electronic or Information technology must be used to enhance family life and to communicate the Gospel.
“Communication is crucial in the life of the Church because, as a family of God, members must learn to be in communion with one another. This is the reason why every Christian must inculcate within oneself an attitude of communicating the Good News with whatever IT gadgets available for his or her use,” the Bishops’ statement reads in part.
Bishop Mtumbuka is the Bishop Chair for Social Communications at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).