Friday, April 17, 2009

Radio Veritas - windows to the world - via Alokesh Gupta, BanglaDX

Radio Veritas - windows to the world

April 13, 2009, 6:32pm
After 40 years of having been in the service of the country, mention of
Radio Veritas today still conjures of a restrictive communication facility
through which official statements of the Catholic church are issued.
That may be true but Radio Veritas is not just a communication outlet of the
country's Catholic church: It is the only continental short wave radio
station of the Catholic church that opens its windows to the world.
To be sure, Radio Veritas has a long history that started in 1969 when its
first regular overseas broadcast began.
But probably more compelling were the ideals and circumstances that inspired
and brought about its fulfillment.
All this will be discussed when a symposium on "Catholic Radio Broadcasting
in Asia" is held Wednesday starting at 8 in the morning at the Pope Paul VI
Auditorium, Radio Veritas Asia Compound in Fairview Park, Quezon City.
Fr. Roberto Ebisa, svd, Radio Veritas Asia general manager, said
participants in the convocation are eminent persons who have been involved
or related to the development of Radio Veritas Asia from the start and to
what it is today.
Significantly, the establishment of Radio Veritas was the result of a common
aspiration of no less than the Vatican, the German government and the
Catholic Bishops of Germany, and Catholic Bishops of the Philippines led at
the time by Rufino Cardinal Santos, among others.
"The German government provided since 1962 on my initiative and at the
special request of Cardinal Agagianian, the special Papal delegate, with the
approval of then Federal Chancellor Dr. Konrad Adenauer, a total of 13.5
million German marks for the establishment of the Church station Radio
Veritas in Manila," Msgr. Wilhem Wissing of the Catholic Bishops Conference
of Germany, said.
It must be mentioned that the decision to establish Radio Veritas in Manila
was a consequential reaction to the threat of communism that at the time was
spreading in Asian countries such as China, North Korea, Burma, and North
It is said that Cardinal Santos took up the idea of Radio Veritas because as
the only Catholic country in Asia - and being at the doorsteps of China - it
was in the best position to spread Catholic faith and thus prevent the
spread of communism in the region.
News and information released through Radio Veritas are heard in Asian
countries and around the world in various languages - assuredly
demonstrating its importance as a pervasive influence in the intensification
of the Catholic faith.
"The advent of the Internet that allows webcasting, news streaming, and
podcasting," according to Fr. Ebisa who has been RadioVeritas' general
manager since 2007, "has led to many changes in the listening habits of
radio listeners," - and so did in the new episode of Radio Veritas history:
The launch of digital recording and broadcast automation and the creation of
the Information System Office.
Participating in tomorrow's symposium include Bishop Berdardino C. Cortez,
D.D., chairman, commission on social communications and mass media, CBCP;
Sr. Angela Liu, MMB, coordinator, Mandarin service (China); Rev. Fr.
Sebastian Perianan, Ph. D., Rector, St. Peter's Seminary of Banglore, India;
Rev. Fr. John La Raw, Kachin service (Myanmar); Dr. Chainarong
Monthienvichienchai, president, St. John's University of Bangkok, Thailand;
Ms. Irmgard Icking, MISSIO-Aachen, Germany; and Archbishop Claudio Maria
Celli, D.D., president, Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
Vatican City, Rome.


Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India


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