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56th World Communications Day

KOTA KINABALU: Over 100 social communication (Soccom) practitioners from the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu (ADKK) gathered in person to celebrate the 56th World Communications Day on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

They were doing so for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and the imposition of MCO by the MoH.

Mini exhibition held outside the Church entrance lobby

Offertory Procession presenting to the Lord our Media Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu

The WCD celebration was hosted by St Paul’s Parish, Dontozidon. The church was packed to capacity, observing social distancing and with everyone wearing face masks.

The Mass was presided by Archbishop John Wong and co-celebrated by Fr Thomas Madanan, the Spiritual Advisor of Soccom ADKK.

After Mass Abp John Wong conferred blessing on Media practitioners and SOCCOM representatives from various parishes

Commenting on the celebration, the chairman of Soccom ADKK, Joe Leong said the personal presence of Abp John at the celebration was significant and meaningful.

“Our Archbishop has unfailingly supported this important annual event of Soccom in the past years.

“Hence, we see his personal presence as a mark of Abp John’s recognition of the important role of social communication in the archdiocese,” he added.

Several parishes in the archdiocese sent delegates to the celebration at St Paul, including the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish of Kota Kinabalu that would host the WCD celebration next year.

Other delegations were from Kepayan, Tuaran, Kiulu, Inanam, Menggatal, CMI Bukit Padang, Penampang & Kota Belud.

In his message for the occasion, Pope Francis invites the universal Catholic Church not only to listen to the Gospel message, but to do so with the ear of the heart.

READ also First time SOCCOM officials gather in person to celebrate since MCO

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