Philippine Church celebrates World Communications Day

MANILA, MAY 12 — The Philippine Church celebrates the 36th World Communications Day today with a program of activities participated in by Catholic communicators and mass media practitioners and students from all over the country.

World Communications Day is an annual observance of the Catholic Church, traditionally scheduled on Ascension Sunday.  Each year, the Holy Father sends out a message to all the faithful for this special day.  On this occasion, he has focused on the “Internet” and the vast opportunities and challenges it offers to the Church in pursuit of its mission of evangelization.

For the Philippine Church, the celebration will be highlighted by a Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) at 10 a.m. and the ceremonial launching of CBCP World, the broadband internet service corporation established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The Eucharistic Celebration at 10 a.m. will be officiated by Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, former CBCP president and chairman of the board of CBCP World Corporation. The homily will be delivered by Bishop Jesus Cabrera, chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media.

The ceremonial launching of CBCP World will be held after the luncheon at the Cardinal Sin Hall in the Arzobispado de Manila Building.  The formal rites will be presided by Msgr. Robinson Wijesinghe, charge d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, assisted by Msgr. Hernando M. Coronel, CBCP secretary-general.

This will be followed by a symposium on “Church Media Today”, attended by diocesan media directors, Catholic communicators, and school representatives.