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Salesians launch radio station in Solomon Islands

A new Catholic broadcaster - Radio Bosco 89.9 FM - was launched late last month by the Salesians in the Solomon Islands.

Independent Catholic News reports that the project was spearheaded Fr Ambrose Pereira SDB (pictured), head of communications for Honiara diocese, together with Italian volunteers and many friends and parishioners.

It says building community, empowering people is the slogan of the Community Radio station. The state aims to focus on issues of education, health, women, youth and communities issues, as it shares news, views, events and stories in the life of the people in its daily broadcast.

The current limited ange equipment has been donated by the Italian volunteers and will be used an hour every afternoon.

Situated at the Don Bosco Tetere, the radio station is in the midst of the Religious Training Centre for boys and girls, the parish, the health centre, school, prison and villages around the plantation.

"This is one more dream fulfilled and we are grateful for the gift and we ask the Lord to bless us and the volunteers who trust us and believe in what we do for the good of our people" Fr Capelli told Fides.

The radio was built and launched with contributions by engineers and other experts. Part of the material was donated by Italian volunteers who work regularly in Solomon Islands.

"We hope Radio Bosco will fulfil its role of education, information and entertainment. It will also broadcast a daily Mass" Fr Ambrose said.

Salesians launch radio station in Solomon Islands (Independent Catholic News 9/3/05)

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10 Mar 2005