Addis Ababa, September 03-07, 2019: The Catholic Communicators from within and outside Africa are currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  for SIGNIS-Africa Congress and Assembly, to interact and share ideas on how to promote the use of new media in evangelizing and inculcating positive values in the African youth.

The Congress was declared open on Wednesday, September 04, 2019, by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa and President of Ethiopian Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphierl. The theme of the Congress – “African Youth in the Digital World: promoting creativity for integral development” – is apt in this era of new media which has become a swift tool for communication, as well as a platform for the expression of creativity, especially by the youth.

Regardless of the amazing advantages of new media, there is a number of negative impacts on the youth such as cyber bullying, fraud, unhealthy addiction to mention a few. The onus, therefore, is on the society to ensure that young people as ambassadors of Christ, use new media to propagate messages of love and hope.

In light of that, the Congress strongly highlighted the need for Communicators to seek ways of using communication tools to form the youth of today. Indisputably, young people are energetic and creative. It is important that they are encouraged and given an opportunity to channel the energy rightly, for the Kingdom. They have a vision; and should be helped to build and shape the world in which they are the absolute majority.

The Delegation of the Claretian Missionaries West Nigeria is represented by Fr Rebecca Igirigi, cmf, the Director of the Media Apostolate.

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