Agenzia Fides REPORT-Archbishop Rouamba tells Fides of “a very positive meeting,” after participating in the Congress for the International Catholic Union of the Press held for the first time in Africa
"The meeting was very positive, as I was able to observe in talking to some journalists from my country who participated in it," Fides learned from Archbishop Séraphin François Rouamba, Archbishop of Koupéla and President of the Bishops' Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, who attended the 22nd World Congress of the UCIP (International Catholic Union of the Press), which for the first time in 83 years after its Foundation was held in Africa. The 22nd World Congress was held September 14 to 19 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The event was attended by 300 representatives of 48 countries from all the continents.“The initiative to provide training for young journalists from the organization has been well-received," says Archbishop Rouamba.The Congress, which was officially opened by the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compare, was attended by former President of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings, UCIP Secretary-General Joseph Calstas-Chittilappily, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and Archbishop Séraphin François Rouamba. The main theme of the conference was: “The Media at the Service of Justice, Peace, and Good Governance in a world of Inequality and Poverty.” Among the topics discussed were: professionality and the culture of peace; Journalism at the service of peace, justice, and good governance; inter-religious conflicts and challenges to peace; ethnic-religious conflicts in Nigeria and the need for their solution; the role of media in spreading democracy; ethics and deontology for a journalism at the service of development; the Church and communication - ethics and Christian morality; the kind of communication for the Church in a world of crisis.