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Auchi Diocese Marks World Communications Day
As part of activities to conclude the sixth anniversary of THE PROMISE Newspaper and the 46th celebration of the World Day of Communications, the Catholic Diocese of Auchi recently marked the day with thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi.
Delivering his homily at the mass titled “like father, like son, like mother, like daughter” the Director of social communications Catholic Diocese of Auchi and Editor-In-Chief of THE PROMISE Newspaper, Rev. Fr. Leonard Anetekhai pointed out that whatever seed an individual sows is what he shall receive. He bereted parents who do not care about the activities their children are engaged in, stressing that whatever children learn from their parents, is what they will give back to the society and called on such parents to learn how to cater for their children who are the leaders of the future.

Continuing, Fr. Anetekhai who tasked parents to look inwardly and appreciate God for the gift of prayer in their lives, stressed that prayer should serve as a bound in their families and implored them to bring their children closer to God through prayer and also teach them the proper way of living a worthy life.

Further, the homilist reiterated the need for all present to learn to love their neighours as God loves them, while tasking them to shun evil desires that will take them far form God and deprive of receiving the blessings of God.

Speaking on the significance of the day, the priest affirmed that it was an opportunity for them to reflect on the positive use of all available means of communication for the benefit of society and cautioned against wrong usage of means of communication such as phones, email, 2go, face book, twitter U tube and others.

Emphasizing on the message from the Holy Father on World Day of Communications titled “silence and word: path of evangelization”, Fr. Anetekhai pointed out that as children of God, they should learn how to be silent and appreciate God in silence, adding that in silence, the power of God is revealed to man.

He enjoined all present to learn to make use of silence in communication by listening to others, stressing that it will enable the communicator understand one another and produce positive responses.

Highpoint of the mass was the blessing o communication tools as well as thanksgiving by all communication workers present.

Speaking earlier at a workshop organized by THE PROMISE Newspaper for her correspondents and lay faithful in the diocese at the diocesan pastoral centre, Sabo Iyakpi, the Editor-In-Chief of the newspaper Rev. Fr. Leonard Anetekhai welcomed all to the occasion, while noting that the event was to educate faithful on the importance of silence in communication both at the individual and church levels.

The Editor-In-Chief pointed out that the title of the lecture “silence and word: path of evangelization” was the theme of the message from the Holy Father for World Day of Social Communications, to enable faithful understand and see the need for them to always listen when communicating with others and added that it was also part of to mark THE PROMISE sixth anniversary. He commended all present for attending the workshop.

In his talk the resource person Rev. Fr. Francis Ikhianosimhe noted that silence is golden in communication, stressing that Nigerians lives in a society that is characterized with noise and added that silence is required in every aspect of man's life.

Fr. Ikhianosimhe hinted that since silence would enable everyone reflect on issues and recollect ideas, man should better appreciate the important of silence in their lives, noting that when information are plentiful silence becomes inevitable.

He enjoined all present to learn how to make use of silence in their communication process with man and God and reiterated that in silence one can communicate sincerely with God and tasked all faithful to endeavour to observe silence even in the church and social gathering. The event also featured interactive session.


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