Trivandrum: The Trivandrum Media Commission in association with the School of Church Communication of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce, Rome organised a two day conference on ‘Communicating faith in India – New trends in digital and audiovisual resources’ for the alumni of the Pontifical University and few other distinguished invitees from the nation. The conference is the first of its kind to be organised in Asia. Held at the Animation Centre of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum, the event was scheduled to take place on September 12 and September 13, 2019.
The Bishop of Mavelikara, Rev. Dr. Joshua Ignathios inaugurated the conference, while the PRO of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum, Msgr. Eugin Pereira addressed the gathering. The official spokesperson of the university in Rome stated that the Body received inspiration from the words of the Holy Father Pope Francis which said,”in an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organisations must be willing to adapt to proclaim the Gospel to all effectively, and authentic servants of tradition are those who, while keeping memory alive, know how to discern the signs of the times and open new paths. (sic)” Following the vision of the Pontiff, the organisers intended to adapt its motives i.e, to evangelise the world through encounters in the ‘digital world’ and ‘updating ourselves in the field’ of digital media communication. “It is a time of great joy of reunion remembering the legacy of Santa Croce in Rome”, said Prof. Jorge Milán.
The conference was designed in a way, where the professors and alumni participated equally. Mutual sharing of information through sessions and seminars were noteworthy concepts of the conference. Out of ten sessions, two were conducted by the alumni while two sessions were carried out by Indian press and visual media personnels. Remaining seminars were conducted by two professors from the School of Church Communications of the Pontifical University of Holy Croce, Rome.
Stressing on the significance of the conference, Mr. Clinton Damian, one of the organizing members quoted,”It was very essential for all Catholic social media evangelists.”