The Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Dar es salaam Rt Rev. Eusebius Nzigilwa has concurred with Pope Francis’ message for the 51st World Day of Communications, entitled Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time, saying that the faithful are obliged to tell good news stories and not to constantly focus on stories that kill conscience.
Pope Francis is convinced that the church through her communication arm has to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news’ (wars, terrorism, scandals and all sorts of human failure).”
In his homily during the Holy Mass to celebrate His Eminence Polycarp Cardinal Pengo’s silver Jubilee as the bishop of the Archdiocese of Dar es salaam, Bishop Nzigilwa said that lay men and women must be ready to receive the good news and deliver them to the people despite the fact that most of the people are interested in receiving negative news.
“People like to hear information which has a constant focus on ‘bad news. Lack of good news is a stumbling block in proclaiming the word of God. Therefore, each one must help in evangelization as an agent of good news rather than being a stumbling block” he said.
The Catholic Church in Tanzania is to commemorate the 51st World Day of Communications on 4th August, 2017 and the Communication Directorate at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) is expected to celebrate the Holy Mass and attend other activities organized to commemorate the day at TEC Kurasini center in Dar es Salaam.
By Pascal Mwanache, Kiongozi Newspaper