07/07/2011, 00.00
SRI LANKA
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Sri Lanka: the Church teaches us to be communicators and listeners

by Melani Manel Perera
A meeting on the occasion of World Day for Social Communications. The use of new technologies must be integrated with love for each other, or the world will be destroyed. Theme of the event: "Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age."
Colombo (AsiaNews) – In the world of communications Catholics must make a " recognizable and admirable difference," with wisdom and spirituality that renders the human being a just communicator and a listener.This was one of the issues covered during a meeting for World Communications Day, July 4 last. The theme proposed by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications, was "Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age." Seminarians of St. Aloysius, Catholic priests and nuns and some media personalities met at the Jubilee Hall of the archdiocese.

For Fr Cyril Gamini Fernando, vicar general and former head of the Catholic Communication Centre of Colombo archdiocese, the Catholic Church must urgently help "develop the minds, hearts and attitudes of those who have to deal with new technologies," because "there are many lessons to learn on how to manage and work with these new tools, but if man does not love his neighbour, the environment, if we do not know the values of people and the beauty of God's creatures ... then man will destroy the world with this technology. "

Fr. Sujeewa Athukorala, pastor of Wadduwa, said: "It is essential to teach this to young people so that they can understand what is good and what is not."

At the end of the gathering the Archdiocesan Commission for Social Communications released a CD on the Passion of Christ, titled "Be positive - Peace begins with a smile."

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