The members of the Catholic Association for Communication – SIGNIS-Africa, have called on Bishops, Priests and the Religious to be more interested and committed to providing the human and financial resources needed to improve communication and creativity of the youth in the digital world.
This was said as part of deliberations at the SIGNIS-Africa Congress and Delegates Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3rd-7th September 2019 on the theme: The African Youth in the Digital World: Promoting Creativity for Integral Development.
SIGNIS is a world Catholic Association of groups and individuals engaged in communication and media who, inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, have as their goal the promotion of the personal, social and cultural life of each human being and his/her community.
In an address, the President of SIGNIS-Africa, Rev. Fr. Rev. Prof Walter C. Ihejirika said the Organization was committed to assist and walk with the Church in Africa, which has just celebrated 50 years of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), on the use of digital technology to spread the Good News.
Delivering his goodwill message on behalf of SECAM at the opening of the Congress, the President of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and Bishop of Oyo, Nigeria. Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, said the Congress was an authentic platform for energizing the project of integral human development in Africa. Adding that the Bishops of Africa at the 18th SECAM Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee in July in Kampala-Uganda, recommitted themselves to invest more in traditional, modern and social media to engage them in the mission of evangelization.
He encouraged SIGNIS to “serve as a platform for the moral education of the youth through mentorship and ethical guidance on the challenges of the digital age as they engage the debate on human dignity, sexuality, ecology, technology, politics and religion”.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, His Eminence Berhaneyesus Cardinal D. Souraphiel, C.M. who welcomed participants and delegates to the congress, encouraged the sharing of experiences on how to use new media to share the good news and urged the media to use their profession to guide the youth.
The President of SIGNIS International, Ms. Helen Osman was happy about the organization and participation of members at the Congress. She indicated that she “sees hope in Africa and its young people”; she further encouraged communicators to be truthful and tell of the mercy of God even in the face of bad news.