CBCP World launching set May 12,
World Communications Day
The Philippine Church will celebrate the 36th World Communications Day on May 12 with a program of activities to be participated in by Catholic communicators and media
practitioners from all over the country.
The celebration will be highlighted by a Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) at 10 a.m., with Bishop Jesus Cabrera, chairman of the Episcopal
Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media, as the main celebrant. This will be followed by the ceremonial launching of CBCP World, presided by the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Franco.
Luncheon will be tendered at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium at the Arzobispado de Manila Building in Intramuros, after which diocesan media directors will participate in a symposium on "Church Media Today".
CBCP World is
the response of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to the call of Pope John Paul II, particularly expressed in his message for this year's celebration of World Communications Day, to make
cyberspace a new forum for proclaiming the Gospel. In his message, which focuses specifically on the Internet, the Holy Father stresses that "for the Church, the new world of cyberspace is a summon to the great
adventure of using its potential to proclaim the Gospel message."
Through CBCP World, the CBCP, in collaboration with Transpacific Broadcast Group International (TBGI), will harness the Internet to the maximum in
order to offer opportunities for evangelization, provide information dissemination and make possible an initial encounter with the Christian message, especially among the youths who increasingly turn to the world of
cyberspace as a window to the world. It offers an Internet access that is filtered from pornography and other degrading content that are harmful especially to the youth.