The catholic diocese of Murang’a is committed to a holistic evangelization and integral development. In the quest of this great need the diocese has several departments to fulfill these great needs, among them the department of social communications.
This department has three main offices: the Mwihoko Magazine, printing press and the website.
These offices work towards holistic evangelization and integral development of the individuals.
Pope Paul VI urges in Evangelii Nuntiandi that “when the mass media or means of communications are put to the service of the Gospel, they are capable of increasing almost indefinitely the area in which the word of God is heard; they enable the good news reach millions of people.” (45)
Our Lord Jesus Christ, himself the communicator of all times, demonstrates repeatedly the need for communications without barriers when he used captivating parables, proverbs and symbols.
Over the years in the church history there have been many documents and pronouncements such as inter mirifica, communio et progressio, attatis novae and the African synod that have offered guidelines on social communications.
The communication office has three main offices as mentioned above. The diocesan publication “Mwihoko” which means hope is a Catholic Diocesan magazine, an effective tool of evangelization in its informative, educative and entertaining nature thus serving all Christians in deepening their faith and conscietizing them about what surrounds their daily life.
The printing press deals with printing of receipts, t-shirts, ties and publication of books among others.
The diocesan communications board is an organ appointed by the ordinary of the Catholic diocese of Murang’a on matters pertaining policy making on the Mwihoko publication and printing press.
Vision: we the Catholic Diocese of Murang’a are a family of God invited and commissioned to be a committed service of liberating through evangelization to the total person guided by Christ.
Mission: Journalism for people, journalism with respect, journalism for justice and above all journalism for integral development of all individuals.
1. Gospel Values
2. Economical values
4. Ethical values
5. Moral values
Of our Lord Jesus Christ who was loving, caring, compassionate and committed to transforming lives through communication.
Promote the standards of living through teaching the moral and ethical principles.
Create awareness of the development issues within to uplift the living standards of the people.
Goal of communication board
To lay down policies and guidelines pertaining Mwihoko publication, printing press and the website, and its communicative nature and identify implementation strategies.
Aims and objectives of the communications policy
The aims and objectives are anchored on the vision and mission of the communication office. These are:
1. To promote evangelization through the use of media within and outside the diocese.
2. To promote effective communication and outside the diocese.
3. To promote networking and sharing of human material resources.
4. To enhance internal communication among members of the local church through better diffusion of information.
5. To ensure social communication within the catholic church are effectively and well coordinated, responsively to growing social, political and cultural challenges.
6. To promote a conducive working environment among other relations, condition of work, human material resources with regard to communication apostolate.
The foregoing new approach to improved communication within and outside our diocese takes a strategic view that there should be progressive and systematic investments in professionally trained human resources in communications equipment, in establishing effective and functional communications policy that will help in evangelization. It is important to take cognizance that the work of communications cannot be undertaken in isolation of other pastoral programmes.
The need to create awareness of the role and importance of church communications should not just be a statement, but should be seen in a more practical and positive way to uplift the life of the church, particularly in the faces of ever-growing challenges that the church faces each new day.
The communication department is intended to facilitate evangelization by reaching different groups i.e.
1. The bishops, priests and religious.
2. The lay Christians in parishes and in small Christian communities.
3. The church media e.g. electronic and print media within and outside the diocese.
4. National communications directors and those involved in the communications apostolate.
5. The youth
6. Media partners.
It is cardinal for media practitioners to observe ethical principles. Thus ethical conduct is and ought to be a way of life.
The following are some of the principles that will guide communication office.
1. Respect for human dignity
5. Common good
6. Balance and fairness
To be committed to honesty and transparency within the media fraternity.