2016-03-26 14:58:00

Nigeria: Authentic communication does not depend on technology

Authentic communication is facilitated by the human heart and the capacity to use the means at the disposal of professional communicators effectively. Communication does not depend on the over-reliance of communication technology, Fr. Chris Anyanwu, of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), has declared.

Fr. Anyanwu, who is the CSN Director of Social Communications, made this assertion when he delivered the keynote address at the recently concluded first general assemby of the association of diocesan and religious directors of Catholic communicators in Nigeria. The 2016 assembly was held this week at Our Lady and St. Kizito’s Pastoral Centre, Ede, Osogbo, Osun State.

Speaking on the theme of the plenary, “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter,” Fr. Anyanwu, described the theme as very apt and outlined practical ways of how Catholic media practitioners could communicate God’s mercy in their discharge of such a special apostolate.

Fr. Anyanwu noted that social media, in particular, could facilitate relationships and promote the good of society. However, when misused, social media could lead to polarisation and division among individuals and groups. Diocesan and religious social communications directors, therefore, have the responsibility of promoting proper use of social media that enhances the dignity of the human person.

The CSN Director, who made constant references to Pope Francis’ 2016 fiftieth world communications day message entitled, “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter,” pointed out that communication is a call to love and must be geared towards building a community of love and mercy. 


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