The congregation at the World Communications Day Mass. Photo: VITA Images

Audrey Lee

Live a life such that you can showcase God’s love. And, in doing so you can all be witnesses of His glory through your own personal lives. So, as Catholics we must enlighten, not condemn, save lives and not bring others down, heal and not cause more division and hurt, said Archbishop William Goh.

And the platforms to reach the wider audience is to ride on the power of the new and old media, However, to be communicators of the Good News, we need to first listen to the Lord and His Gospel.

The Archbishop was addressing some 1,000 people who attended the World Communications Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on June 2. Present among the congregation were staff, volunteers and collaborators in various communications roles from the different parishes and church organisations.

While mass media and social media can help to enlighten people in seeking the truth and to give hope to the broken,
Archbishop Goh warned of the potential ill effects of these communication platforms and how they can also be used to disseminate fake news, create division within societies, promote violence and destroy individuals.

Making reference to Ephesians 4: 29: “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear”, the ultimate aim of communication is to bring about unity, so that together, we can build a world that is filled with compassion.

“Through communication, we hope to strengthen our unity with our fellowmen, so that together, we can build a world of justice tempered with compassion, strengthened by love for the prosperity and growth of our nations,” he said.

During the Mass, a special video commemorating World Communications Day was also shown, where Pope Francis shared his vision for the online society and how Christians can build a just society through the Internet. A video snippet that introduced the brand new CatholicSG Radio app was also unveiled.

Ms Julianne Lim, a communications volunteer from the Church of St Michael said she “was reminded how we each have different charisms and we have the responsibility to share the Good News of Christ and to be light bearers to others. I therefore see spreading the Good News playing out both in my personal relationships as well as in the work I do at the Communications Ministry in church”.

After the Mass, some 80 volunteers, who take on various communications roles in the different parishes and church organisations, were hosted to a reception. 

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