By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader cited the important role being played by social media in helping spread the culture of truth.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) media office director Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III said that aside from traditional media platforms like radio, television, and print, “social media in today’s times has become a very efficient platform in spreading the message of the Church.”
“The Church hopes to spread the culture of truth especially in social media,” he added.
A digital report by We Are Social in 2018 showed that around 67 percent of the country’s population are social media users spending an average of 10 hours a day online.
“Social media is also a powerful tool in the fight against fake news and baseless accussations,” Quitorio said.
Meanwhile, the fourth Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA) has started accepting nominees for 13 award categories. The CSMA hands out recognition to encourage dioceses, parishes, and church organizations to evangelize through the digital world.
Submissions are open until October 6 in the following categories: Best Parish Facebook page, Best Catholic Organization Facebook, Best Facebook Public Group, Best Diocesan Website, Best Parish Website, Best Catholic Organization Website, Best Catholic Blog, Best Catholic Vlog, Best Twitter Account, Best Instagram Account, Catholic Song of the Year, Male Social Media Influencer, and Female Social Media Influencer.
Organized by YouthPinoy, a group of online missionaries and Areopagus Communications in 2015, the CSMA aims to encourage and instill a sense of responsibility among online communicators.
“CSMA was established to motivate Filipinos to initiate and nurture the culture of truth in social media,” Quitorio said.
The awarding ceremonies will be held on Nov. 16 during the Eighth Catholic Social Media Summit in Manila.