The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, officially introduced the Communications Week (ComWEEK) programme, an initiative of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria to his fellow bishops of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
Archbishop Ugorji made this move in his Address during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) held at the Lumen Christi Retreat & Media Centre, Lekki in Lagos Archdiocese recently.
The prelate explained that the ComWEEK programme which is a one week fully coordinated media literacy programme, is an expansion of the annual one-day World Communication Day (WCD) celebration base on the theme of the WCD given by the Holy Father for the year.
“We officially introduce the Communications Week (ComWEEK) programme to CEPACS, as an initiative of our conference of bishops in Nigeria. ComWEEK is an expansion of the annual one-day World Communication Day (WCD) celebration into a one week fully coordinated media literacy programme based on the theme of the WCD given by the Holy Father for the year.
“It is organised and coordinated by our National Directorate of Social Communications for all the over 4,300 parishes in Nigeria. So far, it has successfully run for two years, and the result has been very encouraging. We wish to propose this initiative to the conferences of SECAM through CEPACS, and will be glad to share our experience with any Conference that may be interested.”
Appreciating the efforts and commitment of the CEPACS President, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, in repositioning the body after the 12-year dormancy, the CBCN helmsman disclosed that CEPACS is striving to live up to the vision of its founding fathers in coordinating all matters concerning the Catholic Church’s activities in the realm of media in Africa and Madagascar – print, electronic and the digital media.
Furthermore, the prelate called on all pastoral agents and Catholics to embrace the media with all seriousness, since the Church cannot exist without communicating. He noted that the Holy Father’s choice of the theme for the 2024 World Communication Day (WCD), focusing on the highly controversial Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, will afford the Church an opportunity to participate and contribute to the development of this life changing technology; particularly as it affects Africa.