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The director of social communications at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Fr. Chris Anyanwu has reiterated the importance of an ethics manual for the success of the communications apostolate of the Church in the country.


Fr Anyanwu’s admonition was contained in his address to the second plenary meeting of the Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications, held recently at the Louis Bautain Retreat, Conference and Catechetical Centre, Itele-Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. According to the director, this manual will not only beneficial to the Church communication apostolate but also facilitate the activities of the secular media in the country.


The CSN director also used the occasion to remind the directors of the common goal of the apostolate as enumerated at the first plenary in Sokoto. These include: “To encourage everyone to engage in constructive forms of communication that  reject prejudice towards others; to foster a culture of encounter, helping all of us to view the world around us with realism and trust; to work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent and resignation that can at times generate apathy, fear or the idea that evil has no limits; to search for an open and creative style of communication that never seeks to glamourize evil but instead to concentrate on solutions and to inspire a positive and responsible approach on the part of the recipients and to offer the people of our time storylines that are at the heart of “good news” by developing confidence in the seed of the kingdom at the same time relying on the Holy Spirit”.


The national director also used the occasion to brief the directors on the activities of the other arms of the communication apostolate of the Church in the country stressing the importance of collaboration and cooperation among all the arms and the directorate to enhance the country’s communication apostolate of the Church and put her on the same page with the universal world.


Welcoming the directors to the meeting, the assistant Director of communications of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Rev. Fr. Adetola Augustine outlined the challenges facing the country as a nation stressing the need for the association to stand up for truth in defense of the masses of the country. He noted that the country is still faced with issues of corruption and bribery among other social vices, while cries of secession are becoming livid in the country. “Thus we need to stand up and stand out to speak to the hearts of our leaders and even the citizenry,” he added.


While wishing the directors successful deliberations and stay in the state, Fr. Adetola stated: “We have gathered here to remind ourselves of the need to communicate truth everywhere and every time. We are here to remind ourselves of how important and necessary it has become to be agents of truth in a world filled with so much lies and deception.”


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