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A call has been made for an urgent review of the curriculum of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), in the light of the new media, to enable the Institution to be more vibrant and proactive in its mission of theological research and presenting the gospel message in the light of the culture of the people.

The call was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the 28th CIWA Theology Week, held recently in Port Harcourt. The theme for the week long celebration was Theology, Catechesis and the New Media.

The document which was signed by Very Rev. Msgr. Professor Sylvanus Udiodem and Rev. Fr. Dr. Patrick Okonkwo, Rector and Registrar of the Institute respectively, also noted that: “An unhealthy attachment to the new media also limits productivity, gives a false sense of sociality and fuels the loss of reading and writing culture”.

The participant at the programme observed among other things the use of the new media in catechesis is an imperative for agents of evangelization acknowledging that the new media offers new platforms for catechesis.

Other recommendations made by participants at the programme included: adequate training for those in charge of social communication, ensuring that they are well grounded in the doctrines of the Church; Pastors and Catechists should be more involved in the catechetical formation of the faithful, using the new media, need for strict adherence to ethical principles, respect for truth and sensitivity to the cultural context of the people in the use of the media; awareness of parents and teachers of the risks and challenges of the new media and the use of African art and literature in catechesis while using the new media.


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