Evangelization through Participation in the Media.
According to Pope Paul VI, “… evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize ,… ” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14). Thus the church in Zaria diocese participates in the use of modern media of communication to carry out this mandate of the Universal Church. For “The Church would feel guilty before the Lord if she did not utilize these powerful means that human skill is daily rendering more perfect. It is through them that she proclaims ‘from the housetops’ the message of which she is the depositary” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 45).
To be an Interactive Church Community.
In her formal reflections, the Church has long acknowledged that communication media have a role in fostering community and in spreading the Gospel: “The media of social communication can contribute a great deal to human unity” (Communio et Progressio, 9). Hence, communication and community lie at the heart of the Church’s mission because God’s self- revelation draws every believer into the faith community. After the family, people experience the Church first in the local parish, where bonds of charity begin and where the worshiping community takes shape. This occurs through communication: the sharing of faith, the preaching of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments, service to the poor and marginalized, and the union of the larger body.
Hence, the church in Zaria diocese seeks through her communication endeavours to make real the desire for communion, the formation of community, the proclamation of God’s word, and the establishment of God’s family here on earth. The diocese recognizes that modern society increasingly defines itself by communication- newspapers, magazines, books, telecommunications, internet, radio, television, film, electronic mail, social media- and, mindful of Christ’s command that she preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth (Mt 28:19), asks once again how she can image and echo God in this digital world.