Faith and the media: a new web-TV

The initiative of the diocese of Warsaw-Prague follows other similar initiatives. Ample communication proposal includes newspapers and websites

“Uttered or printed words should be made credible through Christian witness so it may bestow life through Christ”, said Monsignor Waclaw Depo, President of the Council for Social Communications of the Polish episcopate, during a solemn liturgical celebration marking the World Day of Communications in the shrine of Jasna Gora, celebrated in Poland every third week of September. “Catholic journalists are thus called to accord the understanding of the Word of God with daily experience and with the challenges of modernity”, continued the prelate addressing participants in the annual pilgrimage of the Catholic weekly “Niedziela”. A proposal for the young. “Niedziela”, publishing since 1926, is among the most renowned Catholic weeklies in Poland. Its 200 thousand-copy print run is equalled only by another Catholic weekly, “Gość Niedzielny”, which is the country’s best-selling magazine. The latest initiative, launched in Poland on the occasion of World Communications Day, is the web-TV “Hello” in Warsaw-Prague (the part of the Polish capital located on the eastern bank of the Vistula River), dedicated especially “to young people who seek the direction of their lives”, said Archbishop Henryk Hoser. “Today it is the media that forms our consciences”, noted the Bishop, pointing out that “the good media does not depend on the market but they know what is true, good and beautiful”. These media outlets, he added, “can broaden our horizons and oppose the pressure on the consciences by biased media”. The Church, her “means of communication”. In a special message for the Day of Social Communications Msgr. Hoser underlined that the “media” is a feature of the Church, as since her foundation, using all possible means, she has proclaimed and transmitted the Good News to the world”. “The invention of the press, of radio and TV, and finally of the internet, has increased the impact of the means of communication and today these often are the dominant power that forms consciences, influences lives and political choices”, wrote the bishop, who noted that “the media are a double-edged sword: there are the good ones and the bad ones, those which build and those which destroy. The first form, the latter deform. This feature demands wisdom, intelligence and discernment from readers”. “Diocesan media bear great relevance from the prospect of the new evangelization”, underlined Msgr. Hoser, in whose dioceses are carried out a large range of media activities promoted by the laity under the supervision of ecclesial coordinators. In 1990 was inaugurated a radio station that today, thanks to the professionalism of its staff, has nationwide listeners, while each issue of the diocesan weekly “Idziemy”, publishing for the past 10 years, has a print run of 14 thousand copies. With the eyes of the faith. The new TV network will start broadcasting on 4 October with daily programs devoted to news from the Synod, and within two years – ensure the organizers – it will transmit 24 hours running. “Hello” while remaining “of the diocese, will have a global scope and its broadcasts will reach various audiences since, in addition to news programs, the palimpsest will feature political debates, comments, programs on social issues and entertainment, as well cooking-shows, hosted by missionaries from various parts of the world”, said program-director Mateusz Dzieduszyck. “We will promote a veritable Catholic lifestyle, viewing the events and the ongoing problems with the eyes of faith in the light of Christian values and of the social teaching of the Church, highlighting what is good and trying to unmask what is evil”. Per a “public” form of Christianity. Web-TVs have been operative for some time in the dioceses of Bielsko and Zywiec, Koszalin and Kolobrzeg, of Wroclaw and Bialystok. Recently, a Catholic website was created in Bygdoszcz, www.KatolickaBydgoszcz.pl, especially for the inhabitants of the diocese. “We want to discover and unmask the de-Christianization processes in social life and in culture, inviting the sons and daughters of the Church to pray and actively oppose all attempts to eliminate Christianity from our culture”, said the promoters, who added that they “do not share the idea of faith as a private issue”, and they announced that they will not let themselves “be excluded from public debate and remain confined in a single circle of communities and families”. “Today, Catholic thought must reach out to many people, giving them the opportunity to express themselves in broader forums”, remarked the bishop of Bydgoszcz Jan Tyrawa, who gave his blessing to the ambitious project.

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