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Stem Van Afrika rolls out a Pilot Radio Project for Africa in Uganda
Uganda ( -  Stem Van Afrika, a Foundation that supports community based media in Africa in collaboration with Social Communications Department of Uganda Episcopal Conference and CAMECO, has rolled out five-month project with an aim to help improve the community Radio Stations effectiveness and sustainability. Speaking to AMECEA Online News via phone from Kampala, Fr. Philip Odii, the National Communications Secretary for the Bishops Conference, said that the project which will be carried out in phases has began in Kampala with a training of 20 radio journalists from 12 community radio stations, from 1st to 11th July, 2014. Among the…
Catholic Church in Kenya Urges Media to Re-introduce Peace Messages
Nairobi ( - The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops through the General Secretariat has urged media houses in Kenya to promote peaceful co-existence among Kenyans irrespective of political and ethnic affiliation. The statement signed by Very Rev Fr Vincent Wambugu, the Church urged the media to ensure unbiased content and to moderate live coverage especially of political rallies as well as the guest speakers on Television and radio shows. “We acknowledge that the media play a pivotal role in information circulation and opinion forming and therefore appeal to you and your media houses to: reintroduce peace messages on all media…
An English bishop encourages students for the priesthood to communicate via social media
(PCCS) - During the first week of July 2014, Mons. Paul Hendricks, an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Southwark, England, has been conferring the ministries of Lector and Acolyte on students from the Venerable English College during their annual summer vacation — or to give it its Italian name,« villeggiatura » — at Palazzola, the College’s villa just outside of Rome. Overlooking Lake Albano, the villa sits midway on the steep caldera opposite the picturesque town of Castel Gandolfo — not only the traditional summer residence of popes, but also the ancient Latium city of « Alba Longa »,…
Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - At a press conference on Wednesday, the head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that British life-long peer, Lord Patten, has been appointed to oversee Vatican Communications. Former Chairman of the BBC Trust and current Chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Francis Patten is a British Conservative politician and administrator who served as the last Governor of Hong Kong prior to the handover to Chinese rule. Patten was Member of Parliament for Bath in the south of England, before becoming a cabinet minister and party chairman. He accepted the post of…


A committee has been appointed to propose reforms for the Vatican Media
A committee has been appointed to propose reforms for the Vatican Media. The committee will publish a report and a reform plan within the next 12 months after considering the COSEA report. The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings. Building on the recent positive experiences with initiatives such as the Pope App and the Holy Father's Twitter Account, digital channels will be strengthened to ensure the Holy Father's messages reach more of the faithful around the world, especially young people. The members of…


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