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Catholic radio station spreads the word in Malaysia

Bishop Cornelius Piong of Keningau joins staff of Catholic online radio station Kekitaan FM to mark three months of broadcasting on Jan. 3. (Photo supplied / UCA News)

Didroy Joneh was entrusted to oversee all affairs of Kekitaan FM, the online Catholic radio station of the Diocese of Keningau in the northern Malaysian state of Sabah, when it was launched on Oct. 3 last year.

After nearly four months of broadcasting, the young manager of the Malay-language station describes the public response as “overwhelming.”

“I am happy to be a part of a mission to offer the love and hope of Jesus to people through digital technology,” Joneh wrote on Facebook.  

The station, sponsored by the diocese’s Commission for Social Communication, was launched with an aim to become a tool for evangelization and pastoral care to faithful who remained confined at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kekitaan is the Malay word for “togetherness” or “belonging.” With its main focus on spirituality and evangelization, the station runs a host of programs including popular segments like the daily Word of God, non-stop spiritual songs, church announcements mostly from the Diocese of Keningau and news stories picked from reliable outlets.

It also runs a Facebook page that hosts live programs every day where hundreds of listeners and visitors from the diocese and elsewhere interact with the hosts. - UCA News


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.