RMG - International Commission for Salesian Social Communication established

27 August 2020

(ANS - Rome) - During an online meeting held yesterday, 26 August, and organized by the General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr Gildasio Dos Santos Mendes, the Salesian International Commission for Social Communication was established. The meeting was attended by the Coordinators of the Delegates for Social Communication of the various Regions, namely: Zaida Elisa Navarrete (America), Fr Pierluigi Lanotte (Mediterranean Europe), Fr James Gardner (Central-Northern Europe), Fr Ernest Rosario (South Asia), Fr Lijo Vadakkan (Africa-Madagascar) and Fr Peter P Chinh (East Asia-Oceania).

During the meeting, each delegate presented his/her region of origin and advanced and shared his/her proposals for the future with the other participants.

At the General Councilor's suggestion, the recently established commission will be coordinated, in subsequent meetings, by Fr Ernest Rosario and will meet approximately once a year in Rome. Here, in fact, the commission will have the opportunity to meet in person, to discuss and deepen various topics, but also to meet with the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.

"I would like to call this group 'International Salesian Communication Committee'," explained Fr Gildasio Dos Santos Mendes. "And it will be important to hold these meetings annually, because it is essential to discuss, review and be clear what our common ideas are," continued the Director.

Fr Gildasio then asked all the participants to encourage the delegates to work in what will be the instrumentum laboris of social communication. "The thing we want is involvement," said the Councilor. "It would be sad to write a document by oneself; we must work together. This is truly fundamental."

The commission was also asked to take into account the Rector Major's program for the next six-year term. Indeed, it is important to be clear on the guidelines and suggestions provided by the Rector Major, to include them in next year's communication plan. "I'll give you an example," continues the Councilor for Social Communications, "the Rector Major has included the theme of ecology among the priorities in the program and it will be a theme that we too must keep in mind."

The meeting ended in a cheerful atmosphere, with the delegates who greeted each other fraternally and renewed their commitment to meet and continue working together in the coming years.

The role of the commission's members will be to animate and give continuity to the guidelines of the Department in each Region.


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