08 Western Region Social Communications Conference 2019 - Wendy Chaves

posted Feb 20, 2019, 9:18 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:18 AM ]
The Western Region Social Communications Conference (WRSC) 2019, hosted by the Diocese of Poona, was held over two days, February 4-5, at Shraddha Seva (Poona Diocesan Social Service Centre).

The 14 participating Archdioceses/Dioceses were represented by the Directors/Asst Directors of Social Communications: Nashik (Fr Polly D'Silva), Amravati (Fr Joselyn Pancras), Khadki (Fr Melwin Matthew), Chandrapur (Fr Vincent Pangola), Gandhinagar (Fr Matthew Parapuram); Aurangabad (Fr Sinto Chiramal), Vasai (Fr Raymond Rumao), Baroda (Fr John Raju Athukuri), Sindhudurg (Fr Alex D'Mello), Ahmedabad (Fr Ashok Vaghela SJ), Goa (Fr Olav Caiado), Kalyan (Fr Franklin Pottananickal), Bombay (Fr Nigel Barrett), Poona (Fr Malcolm Sequeira).

At the inaugural Mass, Bishop Barthol Barretto, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay and Chairperson of the WRSC Commission, warmly welcomed all the delegates. Commemorating the Feast of St John de Britto, Bp Barthol pointed out that just like John de Britto, the Directors and Asst Directors of Social Communications, representing their Archdioceses/Dioceses in the Western Region, were called to communicate the faith, sometimes having to face immense challenges.

Bishop Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poona, paid a brief visit, welcoming all the delegates to the Diocese of Poona, and exhorted them to make the maximum use of social media. He pointed out the necessity to reach the widest audience possible, and asked for a sharing of talents and capabilities, particularly in the context of new technologies. Bishop Dabre is himself present and active on social media, and this was both acknowledged and applauded.

Thanks to the good offices of Fr Malcolm Sequeira, Director of Communications and Vicar General of the Diocese of Poona, the main session on the first day provided the participants with an in-depth exposure to Cybercrime and its consequences, particularly for the Church and priests. The Resource Person was Dr Harold D'Costa, President, Cyber Security Corporation, who is a national as well as an international figure. Besides being advisor to the Government at various levels, he is also advisor to the Supreme Court Justices, as well as the Judges of the lower courts, and the police force. Being an expert, he is well known for his sessions on Cybercrime, Cyber Laws, Digital Forensics and takes a hands on approach in associated criminal investigations.