MEDIAFORUM Archive 1990

Assemblee Pleniere du SCEAM/SECAM: La Conversion à la Communication
par Michel Philippart (4/1990)

More than 70 cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops and bishops attended the 9th Plenary Assembly of SECAM at Lomé, Togo, from 22nd - 29th July this year. They expressed their strong conviction "that if evangelisation is at the heart of the Church's mission, then communication is at the core of evangelisation" (R 20, "Communiqué issued by the 9th Plenary Assembly of SECAM"). This Assembly was certainly a great Church event, the fruits of which may only be seen during the coming African Synod to be held in 1993: indeed one of the five themes of this Synod is precisely that of the recent Plenary Assembly of SECAM. As the following article suggests, the main and long-lasting result of the SECAM meeting is the increased awareness of the importance of communications for the evangelisation and development activities of the Church at the highest level of the Church throughout an entire continent.

Christian Communication: Structural Changes between 1985 and 1989
by Michael Krzeminski and Wasil Müller (3/1990)

Throughout the 1980s, the support provided by Church aid agencies to communication programmes in developing countries stabilised at a very high level. However, it is also possible to pick out several indicators of structural change which suggest that, in future, communications will increasingly be seen as an essential component of integrated development projects, rather than an end in itself. This is at any rate what is indicated by statistical data available to CAMECO, based on the registering of projects submitted for financing between 1985 and 1989 to more than twenty-five aid agencies in Europe and North America. We comment on these developments in this article.
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Africa: Visions on Social Communication
by Michel Philippart (2/1990)

"Evangelisation in Africa through communication media" is the theme of the ninth Plenary Assembly of SECAM/SCEAM, which will meet in Lome (Togo) from 22nd - 29th July. With this in mind, along with the next African Synod set for 1993, it could be very fruitful to look again at the documents of the African Church and social communication at the dawn of the third millennium. 

Presenting the Church to the Public: Five Principles of Public Relations
by Michael Krzeminski (1/1990)

The dawn of the information age is characterised by processes of deregulation and democratisation in many countries of the world, including the developing countries. In this new situation, public institutions, and also the Church, have been compelled to acknowledge the need to reflect on their public role and adapt their own styles of self-presentation. Professional principles from the field of public relations presented in this article could constitute an appropriate approach to the problem within the parameters of a specific methodology and structural system. The observations in this article are intended both to establish a relationship between the principles mentioned above and their application to the work of the National Offices for Social Communication, whose structure is described in the preceding article, and to provide a basis for a more detailed discussion.

National Offices for Social Communications: A Prospective Approach
by Marcel Vanhengel (1/1990)

Since the publication of "Inter Mirifica" and "Communio et Progressio" two decades have passed and the consistency of its visions, proposals, instructions have been faced with the realities and potentials in the different local Churches of the developing countries. Their impact has been considerable and great achievements were realised. Surprisingly however, one of the main objectives of the Vatican Council, namely the implementation of efficient professional infra-structures for communications on all levels, particularly on the national, are far behind the role which professiona1 Catholic media organisations (UCIP, OCIC and UNDA), individual communications ventures (printing presses, publishing houses, radio/TV-stations, audio-visual production centres or training and higher education institutions, are actually playing. Very likely new horizontal and lateral thinking is needed to revitalise the communication structures of the Church, first of all on the national level.