While at Vatican Radio, Fr. Alumuku recalled, “We were able to do a lot with the team at the African service because when I came back home, I discovered lots of people were listening to us, and so we thought, this is a wonderful way to evangelize, to use the modern means of communication.”
Reflecting on the challenges facing communication apostolate in Africa, Fr. Alumuku said, “It's a difficult apostolate because the ordinary Christian does not understand why they should support communication.”
Ordinary Christians, he underscored, look at communication “as sometimes a secular apostolate or secular activity. But I think the African synod has made it very clear that communication is at the heart of evangelization.”
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“If our Priests and lay people understand the theology of communication, of how there could be no Church without communication, then they will be able to support this apostolate much more,” Fr. Alumuku who is also the Parish Priest of St. Louis Catholic Parish of Abuja Archdiocese said.
He is urging “young Priests and lay people in the communication sector to be courageous in telling the truth, to authorities, especially on our continent.”
In the last 40 years of Priestly ministry, Fr Alumuku said he has learnt many lessons, and added, “One is to trust more in good and to trust less in humanity.”
“The other lesson which I have learnt is that it's important to work with people, than to work alone,” he further said, adding, “You can do a lot if you really work with people, and you make a conscious effort for them to think together with you, to work together with you, and to do things, to get them to participate, because participation is actually the engine that drives development.”
His own strength, the holder of a doctorate in communication told ACI Africa, “has actually been first and foremost my faith in Christ and in the Eucharist.”
“I have looked up to Jesus as the source of my strength and of my faith. And at all times when I felt the sense of weakness, I sought recourse to Jesus in the Eucharist,” Fr. Alumuku said during the July 2 interview.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.