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Church Looks At Using Social Media

The Catholic Church in Fiji is looking at using social media to reach out to its members who don’t come to church. The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva,
06 Oct 2014 08:53
Church Looks At Using Social Media
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama shares cake with Suvavou Kindergarten students after the opening on August 12, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Catholic Church in Fiji is looking at using social media to reach out to its members who don’t come to church.

The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, speaking during a confirmation service at the Naililili Catholic Cathedral in Rewa yesterday, said they’ve noticed that social media was the medium that was mostly used to send and access information.

“This is where people are meeting. During our workshop in Rome, we had a session discussing about social media; there were statistics showing that there was a drastic increase in the usage of social media and mobile phones in third world countries compared to first world countries; what the figures are saying is that most people are sending and accessing information through these mediums; and for the church it tells us to enter into that world,” Archbishop Chong said.

“If you’re really interested in meeting people that don’t come to church, you can access them through the use of social media and these means of communication can influence the truth and used to reach out to people. For the church this is the way to go”.

Although he says there is a need to advise people, especially the young, about the negative effects of using the social media.

“We need people to be aware of the possible abuses on the use of social media; while its an agent of change there’s a positive side and a negative side.

“While it enables us to get interconnected it also separates us from one another, for example when there’s a gathering, we can be there but we are not really present because we are preoccupied with our gadgets,” Archbishop Chong said.

Ordination

Meanwhile, 47 members of the parish took part in the Confirmation mass yesterday by Archbishop Chong.

The Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments through which Catholics pass in the process of their religious upbringing. According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament they are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life. The newly confirmed members went through 12 weeks of spiritual training.

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