The Penang Diocesan Social Communications Ministry in Malaysia successfully organized a wonderful day with the 57th World Day of Social Communications under the theme "Speaking with the Heart" on May 20.
"We were honored to welcome 51 enthusiastic participants from 18 parishes across the Diocese of Penang," said an organizer.
The event occurred at the Minor Basilica of Saint Anne, Bukit Mertajam.
The event was graced by Bishop Sebastian Francis, who joined the participants for the closing Mass, which was live-streamed for broader engagement.
Bishop Francis is the chairperson of the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of the Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).
The sessions and workshops throughout the day were centered around the inspiring message of Pope Francis for the 57th World Day of Social Communications, which was celebrated globally on May 21.
"We were privileged to have speakers from various diocese parts who shared their invaluable insights and experiences. Their fruitful sessions ignited meaningful discussions and deepened our understanding of effective communication in the digital age," said a participant.
In addition, Penang Diocesan Social Communications Ministry also conducted engaging workshops focusing on photography skills and content creation for Church posts and live streaming.
These workshops equipped participants with practical tools and techniques to amplify the reach and impact of digital outreach efforts.
"We are immensely grateful to all the organizers, volunteers, and participants who made this formation event a resounding success. Together, we are empowering our diocese to communicate with compassion, authenticity, and love," said a Penang Diocesan Social Communications Ministry official.
Penang Diocesan Social Communications Ministry members vowed to share faith, hope, and love through powerful social communication.
Social communication ministry is a collective journey of "speaking with the heart," said a participant.
Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Penang consists of five states in the Northern region of Malaysia: Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, and Kelantan. – Santosh Digal
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