Nairobi, 27 April, 2020 / 11:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic journalists in Africa have been urged to support the COVID-19 Commission, which Pope Francis established mid-April, by volunteering their journalistic skills and platforms to help achieve its goals.
The appeal is contained in a Monday, April 27 Press Release by the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP), the Vatican-recognized organization that brings together Catholic journalists in both Church and secular media across Africa.
“As Catholic journalists, we should heed this call by supporting the Commission on this noble cause by volunteering our journalistic skills and platforms by identifying and highlighting the real needs of our local churches – especially those in poor areas as per the Papal appeal,” UCAP President, George Sunguh has written on behalf of the body’s Executive Council.
According to a Vatican statement released April 15, Pope Francis created a commission that would assist those affected by COVID-19 crisis.
Expected to work in partnership with the Roman Curia and particularly the Peter Cardinal Turkson-led Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, COVID-19 Commission was established “to express the concern and love of the Church for the whole human family in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, above all through the analysis and reflection on the socio-economic and cultural challenges of the future and the proposal of guidelines to face them.”