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The mass media play an ever-increasing role in the contemporary world. The Church respects the work of media called to provide the public at large with information about the world developments, helping people to orient themselves in today’s complex reality. The co-operation of the Church and the mass media presupposes mutual responsibility.

In the message given on the occasion of 44th World Communication Day, pope Benedict XVI said, “God’s loving care for all people in Christ must be expressed in the digital world not simply as an artifact from the past, or a learned theory, but as something concrete, present and engaging. Our pastoral presence in that world must thus serve to show our contemporaries, especially the many people in our day who experience uncertainty and confusion, “that God is near; that in Christ we all belong to one another”

The development of the new technologies and the larger digital world represents a great resource for humanity as a whole and for every individual, and it can act as a stimulus to encounter and dialogue. But this development likewise represents a great opportunity for believers. No door can or should be closed to those who, in the name of the risen Christ, are committed to drawing near to others.

A website is of immense advantage to the life of a diocese. Through it, communication becomes brisk and immediate. The Catholic news of the Global and local churches can be made available with ease. A website offers immense scope for literary progress too. Opinions, articles, columns, etc can be made available with utmost ease. In the nature-friendly attitude of the Catholic Church, a website can serve as minimum use of paper, thus conserving the greenery and ecology.

May this website be a source of knowledge and information to the faithful of the diocese. May it be instrumental in bringing people to Christ.

XGerald Isaac Lobo

Bishop of Udupi  

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