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Never become hindrances to Good News, bishop reminds social communicators

Malolos Bishop Dennis Villarojo during the 1st Luna Aurea Awards, the diocesan awards for social communications in the Diocese of Malolos, Philippines.

A Filipino bishop has reminded social communication ministers not to become hindrances to delivering the Good News.

According to Malolos Bishop Dennis Villarojo, they must always allow Jesus to be reflected in their lives “so that others will see light in the darkness.”

“If we get in between [Jesus] and those who are supposed to receive the Good News, we do not allow the light to shine. Instead, we cause darkness,” explained the prelate.

Bishop Villarojo was delivering the opening remarks of the 1st Luna Aurea Awards, the diocesan awards for social communications in the Diocese of Malolos, Philippines.

The bishop saluted social communicator ministers for their unwavering dedication during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, when attendance at Masses and other liturgical services was heavily restricted.

“There was darkness; we couldn’t see the light, yet through your work, you are able to transmit the light of Jesus in spite of the darkness—by reflecting His life from your own soul,” he said.

“We might be flexible in doing things depending on the situation, but our fidelity remains constant to the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Lord,” he also said.

The Luna Aurea Awards, meaning Golden Moon, recognized the works of individuals, parishes, and educational institutions with the Diocese of Malolos that contributed to “forming a community of communicators in the service of the Church through means of social communication and personal witnessing.”

The entries were divided into three major categories: Social Media and Internet, Publication, and Media Production.

Among the accolades given were Best Facebook Page, Best Book, Best Song, Best Newsletter, Best Documentary, and Best YouTube Channel.

Also recognized were the winners of the diocese’s two recent special competitions, Best Inspirational Lenten Short Film and Best Christmas Music Video.

In his message during the event’s opening, Fr. Joseph Franz Dizon, chairman of the Diocesan Commission on Social Communications, expressed his hope that the Luna Aurea Awards would encourage everyone to “continue creating contents that reflect the values of creativity, Catholicity, and community.”

“In the darkness of the world, especially in our social media culture, each of us is called to shine not our goodness but the goodness of the Lord through our works,” Fr. Dizon said.- Luke Godoy


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