Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, President, Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), will inaugurate a new mobile app for Radio Veritas Asia at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon, Myanmar, October 11. The day marks the Memorial of Pope St John XXIII, the inspiration behind Radio Veritas Asia.
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) is a media platform of the Catholic Church established in 1969 by the Bishops of Asia. RVA shares the mission of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples of Asia and beyond, engaging people in continuous dialogue with religions, cultures, and the poor.
Cardinal Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, will release the app during a special Mass which will be livestreamed. He will deliver a message at a ceremony soon after the Mass.
Bishops responsible for the FABC Office of Social Communication (OSC) will speak during the launch program. Bishop Robert Mallari, FABC-OSC Chairman, members Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe and Bishop Joseph Luechai Thatwisi, Father George Plathottam, SDB, the Executive Secretary, Bishop Marcelino Maralit and Bishop Maxwell Silva who heads communication in the Bishops Conferences of the Philippines and Sri Lanka respectively, Michael Unland, the Executive Director of Catholic Media Council (CAMECO), will address the virtual gathering.
Since the launch is an online event, the participants will mark the event with a digital photograph holding up their phones with the RVA mobile app on display.
Ethic Coders, a Catholic communication ministry headed by Shibu Devasia developed the RVA App. He will present an overview of the app during the program. The special invitees will be able to see promotional videos showcasing the app during the ceremony. The promotional videos are already available on rvasia.org.
The key features of the RVA mobile app are inspirational messages, motivational quotes, in-depth learning about Scripture, inspiring stories of people, daily Mass, devotional prayers, and meditations. RVA mobile app will provide information about the Catholic Church through news, features, and commentaries.
Father Plathottam said Radio Veritas Asia is committed to be the digital presence of the Church in Asia to realize its mission of being the “voice of Asian Christianity.” He recalled the words of Pope Saint John Paul II, who during his visit to Manila in 1995 marking the silver jubilee of RVA, paid tributes to the continental radio ministry saying: ‘The fact that the Gospel is heard in so many of this continent’s languages truly makes Radio Veritas Asia the voice of Asian Christianity.’
RVA’s General Manager, Father Victor Sadaya, cmf, said, “the mission of RVA is to share Christ with Global Asians through its 21 Language Services.”
“New mobile app users will be able to select the preferred language,” said Father Bernard Dashi Tang, the RVA’s Program Director.
“RVA offers services in English and 21 Asian languages: Bengali, Chin Falam, Chin Hakha, Chin Tedim, Hindi, Hmong, Kachin Jinghpaw, Kachin Lisu, Kachin Rawang, Karen Sgaw, Karen Pwo, K’Cho, Khmer, Mandarin, Myanmar, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese and Zo,” Father Tang said.
The new app will be available on Google PlayStore and App Store.
Ms. Arlene A. Donarber, RVA’s Assistant Program Director, invited people of Asia to “join and be a part of Radio Veritas Asia – and to hear the Good News.” She will lead a special presentation on the new app.
“The app enables us to be inspired, be informed, and share faith,” said Father Feroz Fernandes, sfx, the chief content editor for Radio Veritas Asia.
The RVA new mobile launch event will be livestreamed via the Radio Veritas Asia Facebook page from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon, Myanmar. - RVA News