CBCP World launching highlights World Communications Day celebration

MANILA, MAY 12 – Heeding the call of the Holy Father to “put out into the deep of the Net” for the mission to proclaim the Gospel using modern-day technology, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has put up CBCP World, launching off on the journey today, as the Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day.

CBCP World is the response of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to the call of Pope John Paul II, particularly expressed in his message for this year’s celebration of World Communications Day, to make cyberspace a new forum for proclaiming the Gospel. In his message, which focuses specifically on the Internet, the Holy Father stresses that “for the Church, the new world of cyberspace is a summon to the great adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message.”

Through CBCP World, the CBCP, in collaboration with Transpacific Broadcast Group International (TBGI), will harness the Internet to the maximum in order to offer opportunities for evangelization, provide information dissemination and make possible an initial encounter with the Christian message, especially among the youths who increasingly turn to the world of cyberspace as a window to the world. It offers an Internet access that is filtered from pornography and other degrading content that are harmful especially to the youth.

CBCP World will be formally launched during a symposium-exhibit at the Cardinal Sin Hall at the Arzobispado de Manila building in Intramuros, immediately after the thanksgiving Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral). Invited guests include mass media directors from dioceses all over the country, representatives from religious congregations and schools, and mass media practitioners.

The program begins with an opening prayer by Msgr. Gilbert A. Garcera, CBCP assistant secretary general, and welcome by Bishop Jesus C. Cabrera, chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media.

Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, chairman of the Board of CBCP World, will speak on “Media at the Service of Cultural Development through Gospel Proclamation”, prior to the ceremonial gateway opening of CBCP World.

The ceremonial gateway opening will be presided by Msgr. Robinson Wijesinghe, charges d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, assisted by Msgr. Hernando M. Coronel, CBCP secretary-general.

Three other presentations will be made during the symposium: “The CBCP World”, by Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio III, director of the CBCP Media Office and CBCP World vice-president for administration; “The Satellite, the Broadband and the Future”, by Johnson Regalado, senior marketing manager of Mabuhay Philippines Satellite Corporation; and “VSAT and Wireless Local Loop” by Rosendo Go, president and CEO of Mircrocircuits Corporation and CBCP World vice-president for marketing.

An open forum at the end of the presentations precedes the closing remarks by Arsenio T. Ng, chairman of the Board of TBGI and president and CEO of CBCP World.