The Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications, an organisation in the Catholic Church, has stated that Artificial Intelligence and Social Media have disrupted the way evangelism is done by the church.
It also added that the church must align with the new order, ensuring the love of Jesus Christ is preached to the world through the new media.
This was made known during a press conference to herald the 50th anniversary of CEPACS on Friday at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island.
In his opening address, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese/President of CEPACS, Most Revd Emmanuel Badejo, said SEPACS was the African continental organ for social communications.
Founded in 1973 in Ibadan, Oyo State, by the Catholic Bishops under the auspices of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar with the mandate of promoting the management of communication activities in Africa, he said the organisation turns 50.
The theme of CEPACS’ 50th anniversary celebration which will be held in Lagos from November 18 to 21, 2023 is, “CEPACS at 50: Towards promoting a Synodal Church in Africa through Social Communications.”
The keynote speaker at the anniversary celebration is the Prefect for Dicastery for Communications at the Vatican, Dr Paolo Ruffini.
Also, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other government officials, members of the Standing Committee of SECAM, other Bishops and professionals of communication, especially the director of the regional offices of communication all over Africa, priests, religious, local and foreign partner of SECAM.
Badejo, further speaking, said, “It is the responsibility of the church to do better and to make CEPACS known in Nigeria and fulfill its mission in Nigeria.
“One of the great missions of its institution is to proclaim the good news of our salvation. To make Jesus known loved and followed. We have to do what we can to make CEPACS renewed and strong.
“The CEPAS assembly is an opportunity for evaluation and stock-taking on the work of CEPAS over these fifty years. It will hopefully reinvigorate CEPACS, propose new communications strategies for evangelization and update church structure and policies for the future.
“It will also align the work of CEPACS with the new synodal process which calls for a church that listens to all its members and components and gives everybody, especially those at the margins an opportunity to express themselves and participate more in the life of the church.”
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