Digital technology new tools for evangelisation
Communication experts and journalists from Indonesian online Catholic portal sesawi.net and international news agency AsiaNews trained the participants on the role of new-age media in evangelization.
Seventeen young priests of Purwokerto diocese in central Java recently attended a three-day meeting on spreading the Good News to a wider audience through digital gadgets at the Hening Griya Retreat House in Baturaden district.
Communication experts and journalists from Indonesian online Catholic portal sesawi.net and international news agency AsiaNews enlightened the participants on the role of new-age media in evangelisation. AsiaNews correspondent told participants that the new media was “more effective, fast, cheap and had limitless potential.”
Participants’ responses were very positive in the seminar. They understood the value of testimonials and first-person accounts of stories of faith, mission and conversion, which they can pass on through the media to a wider audience of believers.
Constant training for priests and upgrading their skills are among priorities identified by Purwokerto diocese. Every year it organises meetings and seminars for priests with less than five years of experience.
In addition to upgrading and following priests in their progress, the Catholic leadership in Purwokerto wants to combine new digital media to evangelisation.
In Indonesia, the new mission is to evangelise through modern media and information technologies (IT) by making them available to the priests. Other than Purwokerto, the dioceses of Semarang and Jakarta also are conducting programmes designed to promote the use of the Internet, TV and newspapers.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world. Catholics are a small minority of about 3% of the population. Still, Catholics are an active component in society and contribute to the nation's development and in emergency operations during natural disasters.