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Catholic media workers complete SIGNIS fellowship

Three-month course at an Indian university is inspired by the pope's encyclical on the environment

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Updated: June 15, 2020 05:05 AM GMT
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Catholic media workers complete SIGNIS fellowship

Catholic media professionals from India, the Philippines, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Togo who completed a three-month SIGNIS international fellowship program at Xavier University Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. (Photo supplied)

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Nine young Catholic media professionals from six countries participated in the first SIGNIS international fellowship program on compassion and social communication at Xavier University Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India.

The three-month intensive, interdisciplinary and interfaith course is designed to explore and discuss pressing issues that affect all forms of life and look for sustainable solutions through urgent and unified global action.

While the program at the Jesuit university is academic in nature, it is also inspired by Laudato si’, the second encyclical of Pope Francis, on caring for our common home.

It invites participants to go beyond theories, facts and data to find alternative and effective ways to promote stewardship of our common home, fulfill our moral responsibility to care for creation and to nurture compassion and the common good in the world through dialogue.

It encourages participants to rethink how scarce resources are consumed, leading to irresponsible development and environmental degradation. It also underscores the irrepressible dignity of human life, the respect and protection of human rights and every life.

Challenged by the global pandemic while in India, fellows with diverse cultural affiliations and vast experiences in the field of communication continued to exchange thoughts to bring a modern tool to life — Unfold Nest.

This interactive, multi-narrative, transmedia flip book, drawn from various texts, references and materials, aims to lead every reader to the protection and preservation of nature, to change old lifestyles and to make a difference in the world for the good of all.

Unfold Nest is a collective project for communication built by the nine participants from India, the Philippines, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Togo — a timely attempt to create awareness and promote the care for our common home and "a journey in search of ourselves, faith and the cosmos."

The collective effort helped to position the e-book as an adventurous journey of an individual or community through a narrative of choosing one’s own path.

SIGNIS is the global Catholic association for communication and brings together radio, television, cinema, video, media education, internet and new technology professionals.

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