… Archbishop commends team
There was joy and celebration Saturday, December 11, at the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, when Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Catholic Archbishop of Lagos commissioned new workstation of The Catholic Herald Weekly newspaper, a publication of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. Giving his remarks on the occasion, the Archbishop expressed gratitude for the work that is being done with The Catholic Herald newspaper, which he said is more than ever before making impact on the people.
He commended the efforts of The Catholic Herald team, in rebranding the paper, and giving it a new face and quality, in terms of diversity of the content at this point in time. He said: “All of these go to show that indeed, there is some effort that is being made to rebrand and to re-present the paper to people for their entertainment, for their education and for their growth in the faith.
“So, I therefore use this opportunity to say well done to you all for that effort that you are making, and to ask you to continue to strive even harder because we all know very well the import of communications in the life of any society, but particularly for the Church. It is our tool for evangelisation. It is our tool for assisting people in whatever way possible, as they journey towards their ultimate goal of making heaven.”
The Archbishop noted that anything that is done to aid one and others to go to heaven has to be taken with all the seriousness that it deserves, as he added that the efforts that the team is making obviously, is helping in that direction. According to him, “We know that we never get to a time in which everything is as it ought to be, but nevertheless, the fact that there is an effort being made in that direction certainly is an indicator that we want to make that effort to be where we ought to be.
“And so, I want to say congratulations to you all; the Director, his assistant, the Communications Commission and the entire staff led by the Editor. I want to say congratulations for the efforts you are making, and I hope that we shall continue to improve on where we are at this point in time.
“We want to be able to reach a point at which the newspaper and the activities that go on here will be a reference point for others in the communications apostolate in the Church in Nigeria. And I hope that with the grace of God on our side, we will continue to strive to do that. But of course, naturally, to be able to get there, we need the support of the people. And that is where we cannot but very warmly acknowledge the role of Mrs. Bernadine Eloka who has helped us in this direction.
“We appreciate the fact that she willing did it out of her generosity of heart and of course believe in what we are doing here. I think if she does not believe in what we are doing, and yet has a generous heart, she’s not likely to do it; a generous heart with a believe in what we are doing.” The Archbishop further expressed gratitude to Mrs. Eloka through her representative, Ezinne Uche Alex Okeke, “Please, pass our words of gratitude to her”, he said.