Use Communications To Make Peace, Not Wars – Clergies & Speakers At WCD
The 50th World Communications Day (WCD) cerebration ended in Kaduna, weekend, with clergies, guest speakers and public commentators collectively admonishing that communication has the power to make or mar world peace.
Organised by Archdiocesan of Catholic Commission, Kaduna Diocese, at St. John’s Catholic Church Tafawa Balewa Way, Kaduna, clergies, speakers and commentaries, however, noted that, depending on its usage, communication is versatile to both development, on one hand, and on the other hand, could be used wrongly as a weapon of destruction.
In an interview during the cerebration in Kaduna on Sunday, Rev. Father Mark M. (SMA), Vicar, General Pastor of St. Simon Parish, Kachia Road Kaduna, said if communications are used wisely and responsibly could heal wounds and ensure development, rather than promote anarchy and polarization.
A Catholic faithful, Barr Festus Okoye, re-echoed the theme of Pope’s message on WCD, where the Catholic Pundit emphasized on bearing of people’s communication on some of the crises, conflict and tensions witnessed all over the world. He said, the WCD, which relates with theme of mercy, stressed the need to bring communication professionals together to ex-ray the impact of the new social media in the world today.
“This is because the Internet has broken down the boundaries, walls and the ways we communicate using social media, with great significance in our social lives,” adding, that proper communications advance cause of social justices and development, while improper communications could degenerate to war, conflict, apprehension and crises within family circles.
While optimistic on the need for accurate communication to the public, Okoye also observed with dismay the necessity to introduce high sense of self or governmental regulation of social media, to avoid unhealthy rivalry capable of causing war and disintegration, but frowned at attempt by government to altogether gauge the new media.
Also speaking, the director of social communications, Rev. Father Anthony Okesue, said the significance of the Day to Christian doom and Catholic is imbedded in its introduction decades ago by a Pope to see everyone as the same, and stressed the need to use the occasion to build bridges of peace and peaceful coexistence among nations of the world.
He praised media practitioners for their good job, wondering what the world would have been without communications. Church Mass and receptions were held in commemoration of the WCD and presentation of papers.