The Zomba Catholic Diocese will this Sunday host commemoration activities for this year’s 47th World Communications Day which has been scheduled for the Zomba Cathedral Parish.
According to the Reverend Father Steven Likhutcha, who is the secretary to the Bishop of the Zomba Catholic Diocese, the event will attract some high profile guests including government officials.
He said the theme for this year’s event is Social Networks: Portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
The priset said the day is commemorated interchangeably within the Catholic Dioceses in Malawi and is held in the month of May but had to be shifted to July this year due to other commitments.
Said Fr Likhutcha in an interview: “People have to contextually eflect on the message concerning the social networks, which can be another way of evangelization in the digital environment despite some having a different mindset on the same.
“Given the fact that communication gadgets such as the mobile phones and internet are becoming more and more multimedia platforms where we can exchange messages in forms of sound and picture, social media networks have created a new public place for exchange of ideas, friendships and for creating a new culture.”
He added that the new media are promoting new forms of intellectual sharing and dialogue so that people find them to be potentially a great opportunity for communication of the truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Likhutcha went on to say: “Of course the need for responsible and ethical use of social media must be emphasized among the Christian faithful, especially the youth, to be personally committed to use of Facebook, Tweeter and also the short message service (SMS).”
The secretary to the Bishop said notable figures at the Sunday event include the Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, who is chairperson for Social Communications at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the Minister of Information or his representative, and others.