NATIONAL FORUM OF CATHOLIC COMMUNICATORS OKOLA, DIOCESE OF OBALA 26-29 October 2015
The National Communication Forum for Catholic Communicators took place in the Pastoral Centre, Paroisse Ste Esprit, Okola, Diocese of Obala, from Monday 26-Thurday 29 October 2015 under the Chairmanship of Bishop Sosthene Leopold Bayemi, Bishop of Obala, President of the National Episcopal Commission for Social Communications. This forum brought together Diocesan Directors of Communications and heads of other Catholic media. The main objective of this forum was to revive the National Communication Commission. There were six key moments during this forum: First, there was an opening Mass during which delegates were exhorted to be fully aware of the impact of the media today. Secondly, there was a welcome by the Mayor of Okola, followed by the opening speech of Mgr Bayemi who said that the Church owes an obligation to use the old and new means of communication for New Evangelization. The third moment during this forum were the Workshops organized according to Ecclesiastical Provinces, and another according to different organs of communications. During these workshops the actual situation of Catholic Communication, the challenges, difficulties and suggestions for a better future were examined and discussed. Fourthly, there were different inputs from experts. Dr Francois Marc Medzom who spoke on the challenges that the Church faces in the light of an expanding media world. He put an emphais on how to manage crisis. Then Mr Xavier Zingui Messomo, helpe to draw up a strategic plan for the communication commission. The closing ceremony of the forum included a holy mass, the reading of the final communique and the closing speech of His Lordship Sosthene Leopold Bayemi, President of the National Communication Commission of the NECC. All in all, the sessions were lively and frank, and the resolutions taken include the production of a frunctional organigramme and a 5 Year Strategic Plan to be presented to the NECC, and a decision that all directors of Communications be present at Batouri for the 39th Assembly of Bishops.
Done at Okala, this day, Thursday 29 October 2015
His Lordship Sosthene Leopold Bayemi, bishop of Obala, President of the National Commission for Communications at the NECC.