The Signis Asia Assembly officially kicked off at the Myanmar Sports Hotel in Yangon, Union of Myanmar. Attendees are clergy and lay media practitioners from the 16 countries in Asia. Armed with the theme “Redefining Our Mission and Moving Towards Sustainability,” the opening Holy Mass was presided by Msgr. Paul Grawng, Bishop of Mandalay. In his homily, he said that “we are called to re-commit to the Lord, not half by half, but totally.”
Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of Yangon
Fr. Leo Mang, SDB, President of Signis Myanmar received the Cebu Daily News copies in behalf of Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Cardinal of Myanmar. These copies contained articles during the week-long 51st International Eucharistic Congress 2016 in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines last January 24-31, 2016. My special thanks to Cebu’s media practitioners, most especially those into Church beat.
Signis is a non-governmental organization with members from 140 countries that brings together radio, television, cinema, video, media education, internet and new technology professionals. It is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. Its mission has been to engage with media professionals, support Catholic communicators, to help transform our cultures in the light of the Gospel by promoting Human Dignity, Justice and Reconciliation.
Participants of Signis Asia
Fr. Leo Reading the Gospel
Conversation with these two monks in Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar:
MONKS: Are you Korean?
ME: No, I’m a Filipino.
(Blah, blah, blah)
ME: By the way, are you from Myanmar?
MONKS: No, we are from Thailand.
Mynmar is known as the “Land of the Pagodas.” Around 4 thousand pagodas are scattered across the country. In Yangon, however, a silent and simple structure stands: The Catholic Home for the Aged. In this century-old structure, the Sisters of the Reparation and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary lovingly take good care the mixed community of aging Catholics, Buddhists, Baptists and Hindus. There are around 450,000 Catholics in Myanmar – approximately 1% of the total population.
At the Bishop’s House just at the back of the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Yangon in Mynmar, I was thrilled to see the images of John Paul II and Mother Teresa together. Wala pa ko kakita ani sa Pilipinas ba. When you look up a bit, the Sto. Niño de Cebu is also there! (Photo Credit: Ate Jing)
Signis Asia, being part of the World Body, has a mandate to fulfill the mission of the organization in the context of the Asian reality. This gathering runs from August 21 to 27, 2016.
The participants of Signis Asia 2016