Catholic Bishops’ Conference Social Communications Commission (KWI Kosmos); led by Msgr. Petrus Turang, the Archbishop of Kupang, organized a seminar on new media and evangelization in response to the call given by Pope Francis for the World Day of Social communications to boost evangelization.
Participants who came from the remotest areas of Indonesia were unlike the majority of citizens, especially young people, were not familiar with computers and the internet.
In response, the local Catholic leadership facilitated a three-day meeting and discussion, which drew 62 young Catholics from various parishes of the diocese. Some of them seminarians, students, activists, teachers and nurses, who had to travel for 5/6 hours from their places of origin, to reach the diocesan pastoral Kotiku Loku center, in the north-western part of Sumba district.
The main purpose of the workshop was to strengthen missionary communications, to promote social networks and new media. The organizers said that the Indonesian Church promotes seminars and initiatives for “the production of Catholic news, aimed at evangelization.”