The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins on Saturday urged Christians to use the social media to spread the gospel and draw more people closer to God.
Martins said this at the maiden, Lagos Archdiocesan Social Communications Workshop in Lagos, with the theme: ‘The Church and Communication in a Digital Era’.
The Bishop, who was represented by Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, Acting Director, Directorate of Social Communications, said that communication was very important to human survival after food, shelter and clothing.
Accordingto him, God communicated Himself to humanity through many ways and Jesus, a communicator per excellence, communicates the love and care of God.
“In our digital world faced with different distractions, materialism, secularism and consumerism, the church has the task of proclaiming the gospel.
“The church needs to continually seek better ways of communicating the timeless Faith. The social media and other communication technology afford us great means to extend the word of God.
“This would help improve the fear of God, shape and mould personalities positively for a better society,” Matins said.
Rev. Fr. Michael Umoh, Director, Centre for Media Development, said that there could be no Church or Christians without communication.
“Even Pope Francis is a digital communicator with over 18 million followers on twitter.
“He preaches, teaches, informs, enlightens and inspire people with the word of God through that medium, “he said.
Another speaker, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ndubuisi, an ICT expert from Umuahia Diocese called for media literacy to avoid unnecessary distractions, addiction and abuse of the new media.
In her remarks, Mrs Neta Nwosu, President, SIGNIS, Lagos Archdiocesan, spoke of the need to take the Church into the digital age.
According to her, the youths are digital beings and the future of the church can be reached through the new media to improve their spiritual lives.