Host and Assistant to the Director for Public Affairs Michaella Lagniton with keynote speaker CMN President Rev. Fr. Francis Lucas (proper) CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
THE University of Santo Tomas (UST), by its Office of Public Affairs, partnered with the Catholic Media Network (CMN) to current the Media Leadership Lecture Series.
Live streamed by the official UST Facebook web page, it featured CMN President Rev. Fr. Francis Lucas as keynote speaker, together with Veritas846 Chief Strategy Officer Bro. Clifford Sorita and CBCP Media Office Social Media Manager April Frances “Sky” Ortigas as panel discussants.
The lecture tackled “Christianity in PH 500 years hence: The Role of the Media in Evangelizing the Faithful.”
“Receiving the faith entails the duty to evangelize, to share the faith to everyone. The role of media in evangelization, more than ever, has been an indispensable tool in the modern world,” UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel mentioned in his welcome remarks.
“It is our hope that by knowing the ways that media organizations spread the Good News and encounter the presence of Jesus Christ through its programs and initiatives, we would be encouraged to support each other in dynamic ways as we engage in the various traditional, social, and news media platforms available to us,” UST OPA Director Asst. Prof. Joreen Rocamora mentioned as she launched the speaker.
Aside from heading CMN as its president, Fr. Lucas is a mass media guide and improvement employee with over 45 years of expertise in organizing and main social improvement non-government organizations (NGOs), individuals’s organizations, cooperatives and Church organizations. He has additionally been concerned within the media trade as broadcaster, producer, supervisor and supplier of media providers.
Fr. Lucas shared his experience, primarily based on paperwork from the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican (Vatican 2), similar to Inter Mirifica (The Means of Social Communication).
He emphasised that, “Whenever you communicate, you have to be responsible for it. You have to think of the common good, and not just your own good, to enhance the evangelization apostolate. Keep on fanning the fire for evangelization.”
The first panel discussant, Bro. Sorita, made the position of media in evangelization simpler to recollect by an acronym: MEDIA – Mediate within the dialogical course of; Eradicate the obstacles towards communicative rationality; Disseminate the story of 500 years of the richness of our religion; Introduce the frontiers of New Evangelization; and Advocate for the moral utilization of media in Philippine society.
Sharing her expertise and insights with CBCP News and Areopagus Communications was Ortigas because the second panel discussant.
“Who is God?” stays one of many trending questions being searched on-line, mentioned Ortigas, and as evangelizers, “We pondered on what we could offer as an answer. Through brainstorming sessions, the words truth and news were the clear message to us: In order for us to tell who God is, we need to tell the truth through the news, to the world.”
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“Wherever God’s people are, we [evangelizers] need to show up,” emphasised Ortigas.
The webinar had over 250 contributors from UST, in addition to exterior friends from native Church communities.