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Catholics urged to become 'cyber-missionaries'

Catholics can and must become 'cyber missionaries', according to a statement issued by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC).

A series of documents released by the FABC encourages clergy, seminarians, religious and laity to take the opportunities offered by modern communication technology, in order to share and spread the faith.

The stress that sites must be attractive, interactive and updated, able to inform and form, to foster dialogue with other religions and with cultures.

During a recent meeting in Thailand, Asian Bishops, formators and communication animators involved in priestly formation in Asia studied and discussed how social communications formation can help the priestly ministry. They agreed that talents in this field must be identified and put to good use.

The participants also highlighted the need for ecumenical and interreligious communication, as well as attention for special issues like pornography and violence.

The statement was a recognition that communications are a major challenge for the new millennium not only within the Church, but also to make contact with the young generations, their language, the Church cannot lag behind in this important field.

The meeting expressed particular pride in Radio Veritas, a Philippines-based Catholic radio station producing programs aiding human development and evangelisation.