Taytay Bishop Broderick Pabillo encouraged the faithful not to abhor social media and use it to share the message of Jesus Christ.
In his homily for Ascension Sunday which coincided with the Church’s celebration of World Communications Sunday on May 21, Bishop Pabillo stressed that while it has become a platform for divisiveness and misinformation, social media can be utilized with caution and discipline to “speak truth in love”.
“Huwag po natin ayawan ang social media. Bahagi na ito ng buhay. Mag-ingat lang tayo na hindi tayo mapasama nito. Kailangan ng disiplina upang hindi tayo masilo at maging addict nito… sa halip, gamitin natin ang social media upang lalong maintindihan ang mensahe ni Kristo. Napakarami ring mabubuting pahayag dito, at tumulong tayong i-share ang magaganda at mabubuti,” he said.
“Magsalita tayo ng katotohanan nang may pag-ibig. Ipahayag natin ang katotohanan upang umiral ang pagmamahal at hindi ang alitan,” he added.
The Vicar Apostolic of Northern Palawan also reminded everyone not to spread falsehood and hatred in this prevailing platform, instead, make social media a platform of God’s message of truth and love.
“Marunong dapat tayo magsuri at hiwalayin ang mabuti sa masama. Huwag tayong magkalat ng kasinungalingan at ng kasamaan… kapag nagsama ang katotohanan at ang pag-ibig, nandiyan ang Magandang Balita, naipapahayag natin si Kristo,” Bishop Pabillo pointed out.
The observance of World Communications Sunday started in 1967 during Pope Paul VI’s papacy to recognize the role and responsibility of social communications to all people, especially in the propagation of the faith around the world. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)