STATEMENT: BUILDING BRIDGES, REACHING FAITHFUL
We, the members of SIGNIS Asia TV Desk, drawn from 13 countries (Cambodia, Hong Kong, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand), gathered virtually via the Catholic Peace Broadcasting Corporation (CPBC) in Korea from 12th to 14th May 2021, to discuss and deliberate on the theme “Bridging Over the Pandemic: Invitation to a New Catholic Communication”.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Philippines), Cardinal Charles Maung Bo (Myanmar) and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung (Korea) urged communicators to explore new and creative approaches as they fulfill their mission. SIGNIS Asia TV Desk despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, embarked on a new first – via a special collaboration with CPBC incorporating a mixed media (Zoom, YouTube, and TV) conference approach – to enable Catholic professionals to become bridge builders.
Hence, we resolve to find common ground with the people of Asia via networking and the production of TV and social media programmes and through this, feel an acute sense of interconnectedness as we become a channel of hope and courage.
We resolve to keep ourselves flexible in interchanging times, advancing the use of media technologies and utilize social media as a great tool for good and powerful messages – so that we can address issues of indifference in appropriate ways.
We aim to use these bridges to reach the faithful even in the poverty-stricken villages of Asia where they struggle to access accurate information.
We resolve to work towards a solution by committing to more cross-border co-productions that will continue to promote: compassion, critical rethinking of human progress, a renewed solidarity, and a sustainable future.
We resolve to accept it as our mission to work closely with Catholic organizations like CPBC to meet, engage and enrich communication efforts that will continue to bridge the faith – however convenient or inconvenient the situation is.