By Matters India Reporter
Manila, April 11, 2019: Tools of communications may change, but the “true core of the message” remains the same, says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila,.
The head of the Philippines Church was speaking at a function on April 11 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Manila-based Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), the only continentally-managed radio by the Church.
From the early forms of communications to modern-day sophisticated digital communications, the tools of communications have undergone sweeping changes, but communicating Jesus as the message of all times has remained the same ever since, and it would continue, Cardinal Tagle said.
RVA, he said, has been faithful to proclaim, share and witness Christ to Asia and beyond for last 50 years.
“For fifty years, as the continent-wide radio stations for the RVA and Radio Veritas 846 have contributed immensely to bring the Good News into all areas of humanity, and through its impact, to transform that humanity within, making it new. Indeed it has helped tell the story of Jesus in Asia,” the cardinal said.
He expressed the hope that RVA and Radio Veritas 846 would continue to be ‘the voice of Asian Christianity amid rapid changes and development in technology and social communications. “May they seek ways to respond actively to the challenges that our modern world presents to the church,” he added.
In his address, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, said, RVA has contributed to share the message of Jesus to the global Asians.
Archbishop Stephen Burger of Freiburg of German Bishops’ Conference spoke how RVA has enabled to preserve the message of Christ in Asia despite many challenges for last 50 years.
On April 11, 1969, with support from German Catholics, the Radio Veritas facility in Fairview, Quezon City was inaugurated by Antonio Cardinal Samore, a Vatican official, and the then Manila archbishop, Rufino Cardinal Santos.
Church officials unveiled the 50th anniversary commemorative marker on April 11 at the Radio Veritas compound in Quezon City.
Activities included the inauguration and blessing of the RVA Museum and the awarding of 50 individuals and institutions who have supported RVA and Radio Veritas 846.
Cardinal Bo led the jubilee Mass along with other dignitaries.
On April 21, Cardinal Tagle will lead Mass, followed by a thanksgiving fellowship of RVA and Radio Veritas 846 anchors, listeners and benefactors.