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The Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, has called on churches to adapt to modern communication system in the digital age to become relevant.

In his keynote address at the maiden workshop on Communications with the theme: “The Church and Communication in a Digital Era” organised by the Catholic Directorate of Social Communication, held at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Martins said it has become essential for churches to be digital, considering the various challenges that had been confronting the area of communications in the Church in the recent past.

“In our digital world faced with different distractions and voices among others, the social media, innovations in communication technology and the internet affords us great vistas for extending the Gospel.

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“It behooves the Church therefore to maximally utilize these modern means of communication as the Church would feel guilty before the Lord if she refuses to utilize them to spread the Gospel” he said.

In her welcome address at the workshop, the President, SIGNIS, Archdiocese of Lagos, remarked that it has become necessary for the Church to change her communication tactics and step up evangelical activities to suit the digital era, communicating in such ways that will elicit love, understanding and provide co-operation in the society.

“Compared to previous generations, technology has drastically changed the way we communicate with each other around the world in virtually every area including health issues and apparently, communications in the Church also had been altered or influenced by the digital age, also known as the Information Age.

“We are in the digital age and we should all strive to take our Church and respective societies into the digital era” she said.

In the paper delivered at the workshop by Rev. Fr. Innocent Opogah titled: “Breaking Barriers in Communication: Enhancing Communication Skills and Strategies for Effective Management of the Church’s Society and taking the Society into the digital era”, Opogah concluded that the subject of communication, the way it is communicated and effects of what is communicated must be geared towards the digital era to break barriers in communication.

Also at the event, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ndubuisi delivered a paper titled: “Communication, Etiquette and hospitality insights for the 21st Century Church Wardens and men of order and discipline”.


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