This year’s annual communications week was hosted by Kotido diocese from the 10th to 16th of May. The event brought together 32 catholic communicators representing different diocesan communication offices and those of the different Catholic media houses both print and radio. In his opening remarks, Bishop Giuseppe Franzelli who is the chairman of communication at the Uganda episcopal conference, reminded the communicators that their mission of communication is inspired by the example of Jesus, who was sent by the Father to communicate hope to the people. But in order to communicate, there is need to listen to situations that evoke change. He also stressed that our God is a God who communicates, and thus it is necessary to be in touch with God to get his message of truth and rely it to the people in our apostolate as communicators.
Inspired by the Pope’s message for the world communications day this year, the ordinary of Kotido Diocese, Bishop Giuseppe Filippi remarked that communication needs the heart, otherwise it risks becoming like a robot. He reminded the communicators that they need to feel, to be touched by what they communicate and empathize with the suffering, the dying. While explaining the root of the term communication, the bishop said that communication has a common root with community and communion, meaning therefore that communicators should foster communion with one another and better life together as a community.
The team was engaged for two days in a workshop on strategic planning aimed at helping them manage and run better their different media houses. The communications week was concluded on Sunday 15th May with the national celebration of the world communications day at Good Shepherd Cathedral Kotido.