For the next three days, our focus will be on World Communications Day, the official day being May 12, 2013 and which is an invitation to believers from every diocese to pray for the work done by the Catholic Media and offer a donation to assist them.
Today, media presence is necessary for the work of re-evangelization, and why Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting projects across the entire world by committing 9% of its total budget for radio and television.
In its decree, “Inter Mirifica” in 1963 on means of social communication, Vatican Council II highlighted the importance of the media for the transmission of the Faith. Since, its role in preaching has amplified largely due to the evolution in technology. ACN has supported the media apostolate worldwide with 8.4 of the 2011 budget dedicated to this sector of the mission.
In an interview conducted by Reinhard Backes, a journalist and ACN International Headquarters, the director of the Communications Department, Mark von Reidemann recalls: ”Fr. Werenfried understood the importance of the media and the media apostolate as a worthy project in its own right – equal in importance to the training of priests and the construction of churches. In this sense, the provision of information is also a “project”.”
In the meantime, we offer two examples of projects that already supports ACN. First in Ukraine
Catholic TV station for Ukraine – “EWTN’
Reinhard Backes, ACN International
A year ago, tuning in to the Catholic TV station EWTN in Ukraine became possible . The Ukranian version of the “Eternal World Television Network,” which was founded in the USA in 1981 by the Fransciscan Clarissine Mother Angelica, is now available via cable to viewers in the west Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Khmelnytskyi, in the capital Kiev and in Zaporizzhia in the south-east of the country. The broadcasting of this network in these areas was made possible through start-up assistance provided by ACN, among others.
The project grant was granted assistance for the first three years up to and including 2014, following which, EWTN Ukraine will guarantee the funding of the broadcasting station, which it is intended to expand steadily. “We are working on spreading to other cities and via satellite, which will mean that viewers who don’t have a cable connection will be able to receive us, for instance in the countryside,” Father Pavlo Vyshkovskyy, Head of EWTN Ukraine and the Catholic Media Center in Kiev, wrote in a letter to ACN. Pavlo Vyshkovskyy belongs to the order of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, on whose initiative EWTN was established.
The Archbishop of Kiev-Zhytomyr, Petro Malchuk, has supported the project from the start. In May 2012 Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, visited EWTN Ukraine. The TV station began in 2011 with a daily three-hour program. American contributions were translated into Ukrainan and broadcast. Now, EWTN Ukraine is on air for up to 24 hours – online and available for livestream on the internet: www.ewtn.org.ua – programs from the main network which have been translated into the national language or are provided with commentary, live recordings and its own contributions.
Aid to the Church in Need is supporting EWTN Ukraine with $31,850. Anyone wishing to help fund the project can give and request that the donation be directed to:
Ukraine / Kiev-Zhytomyr, 11/0540.