Message from the Ecclesiastical Assistant of SIGNIS on the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero
Mexico, March, 14th, 2018 (Luis García Orso, S.J.). A decree signed by Pope Francis on March 6, 2018, authorizes the canonization of the Salvadoran martyr, Blessed Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, murdered on March 24, 1980, in the chapel of the hospital of La Divina Providencia, in San Salvador. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator of the cause for his canonization, hopes that the saint's intercession will help Latin America to move more decisively towards social justice, and help the whole world to see that achieving peace requires giving one's life for others. The Cardinal of El Salvador, Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, said that the canonization of Archbishop Romero is "…a gift for the country that is going through so much violence. It offers hope and an opportunity for the people to unite". For the members of SIGNIS, the saint's intercession means enormous spiritual support for our mission to communicate truth and hope everywhere in our world. The future saint, Blessed Óscar Romero, was already named patron of SIGNIS in May, 2015. Thirty-eight years after his murder, the voice of Óscar Romero continues to be heard today thanks to the radio, a means of communication for which the Archbishop felt a special affinity. He used it as an instrument of evangelization and of dialogue with the people in order to achieve reconciliation and the peace. He was the "voice of the voiceless", the prophet sent by the Lord, the voice of God speaking out in favor of the poor even at the cost of his own life. Archbishop Romero, before being killed, synthesized in one phrase what he considered to be the mission of Social Media: to be instruments at the service of the people for the transformation of society. For him, as for the Church, social communications media must liberate the truth from all the interests that try to subjugate it, be they economic or political or ideological interests, so that communication truly takes the side of the Reign of God, of its concerns, of the life of dignity that God wants for all his sons and daughters. Communicating the truth is about not accepting lies and falsehood, nor the covering up of reality, nor the manipulation of information. To communicate the truth is to give to the poor their turn to speak--to them and to all those who have no voice in society. It is to defend them as God defends them. To communicate the truth is to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which proclaims life for all, a message of hope to encourage us in our daily work, a call for true justice and dignity. Archbishop Romero is a role model for all communicators and for SIGNIS in our mission to be at the service of the truth. We entrust our work to him. Saint Romero of America is today a saint for the whole Church.
SIGNIS Brazil organizes its first communication congress
Porto Alegre, Brazil, March 14th, 2018 (SIGNIS-ALC). "Media consumption in the era of the digital market and liquid modernity" is the theme of the first communication congress organized by SIGNIS Brazil to be held from August 31 to September 2, 2018. The event will take place in Porto Alegre. During the Congress, several activities will be developed, such as round tables, conferences, symposiums, conferences, commissions, panels and dialogues. "It will also be an interesting place to stay abreast of what is happening in the communications sector," says SIGNIS Brazil President João Carlos Romanini, adding that "the full program will be available soon, as well as registration for participation in the Congress ". SIGNIS Brazil wants to host the SIGNIS World Congress in 2021 The announcement of this Brazilian congress was made during a meeting of the board of SIGNIS Brazil. During this meeting, it was also decided to apply to host the SIGNIS World Congress and the general assembly of the organization, which will take place in 2021. "SIGNIS Brazil today has more than 100 affiliate and individual associate groups, specialists in various fields of communication, partners who manage teams of producers, journalists, editors and others. About 2000 professionals are associated with SIGNIS, with this we believe that we have the capacity to organize and host the World Congress," reveals Romanini. The President of SIGNIS Brazil also encouraged members to share in their media the message of Pope Francis for the World Social Communications Day to be held this year on May 13th on the theme: "The truth will set you free. (John 8, 32): Fake news and journalism of peace”. .