The Vatican Office has commended the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, for introducing the Communications Week (ComWEEK) programme.
The ComWEEK is an initiative which aims at promoting media literacy at the grassroots in parishes all over Nigeria.
The commendation was contained in a letter, dated 19 January, 2022, and addressed to the National Director of Social Communications, Very Reverend Father Michael Nsikak Umoh by the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communications, Dr. Paolo Ruffini.
The Head of the Dicastery extolled the leaders of the Catholic Church in Nigeria for the bold steps taken in advancing media formation for missionary discipleship and for responsible citizenship in a democratic dispensation.
The Vatican Senior Official acknowledged the connection between media literacy on the one hand, and on the other hand, the Pope’s theme for the 2022 World Day of Communications, “LISTEN”, as well as the ongoing Synodality process taking place in the Church.
He affirmed that Media literacy will help in developing kindhearted and critical listening, a deepening of reasoning with the heart, as well as empowering the faithful in giving a more profound participation in the ongoing Synodality process, while responding to the call to be ‘missionary disciples.
The Communications Week (ComWEEK) is scheduled to hold in all parishes in the country from May 22 to May 29, 2022 as directed by the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria in Abuja.