More than a dozen FABC bishops in charge of social communications join a hyflex meeting November 6-10 to reflect on the communication ministry's role and function in the synodal process.
This event marks the 27th "FABC-OSC Bishops' Meet," the exclusive annual gathering of bishops-chairmen and secretaries of episcopal commissions for social communication in Asia.
"FABC-OSC Bishops' Meet" was instituted in 1996 as a platform for networking, sharing, and addressing common concerns in the ministry.
The first FABC-OSC Bishops' Meet was held in July 1996 at Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, Philippines. The theme was "Communication Challenges in Asia."
Back then, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Archbishop John P. Foley, was present along with former UNDA world president, Fr. Jean Desautels, SJ, and other Church dignitaries.
With the so-called "communication" bishops and secretaries, presidents of Catholic media organizations are mainstays of Bishops' Meets (BM) as well as officials of FABC-owned Radio Veritas Asia and the Holy See's Dicastery (formerly Pontifical Council) for Social Communication.
This year's BM Final Statement will serve as the communication ministry's contribution to ongoing talks about synodality, which the Pope said calls for "journeying together," as well as "listening with the ear of the heart."
See Pope Francis' Message for the 56th World Communication Day @ https://www.vatican.va/.../20220124-messaggio...
BM 2022 resource speakers include the Archbishop of Singapore, Cardinal William Goh, Dr. Natasa Govekar from the Dicastery for Social Communication in the Vatican, Dr. Joy Candelario of the Bukal ng Tipan Pastoral Formation Center in Taytay, Philippines, and former FABC executive secretary for theological concerns, Dr. Wimal Tirrimana, CSsR.
Onsite participants will convene at the VAISCOM facility in Quezon City, Philippines. Online participants will join in via Zoom.
VAISCOM or Veritas Asia Institute of Social Communication is the training arm of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences - Office of Social Communication (FABC-OSC).
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.