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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Our 125th anniversary has been celebrated by many, including non-Catholics. Best wishes and congratulations flowed from every corner of the country with some even coming from abroad and here at Catholic Media Services Limited (Camsel).

Here at Camsel, publishers of the Catholic News, we are proud to be the successors of such a great publication and we intend to continue living in the old traditions but embracing all the new facets of publishing, to bring you the fantastic news of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain.

With a younger, bigger and much more talented staff, we intend to continue bringing you as many of the happenings in the Catholic Church and even embracing the new technology and what has become a phenomenon, that is social media.

Five years ago, on the occasion of our 120th birthday, I wrote about “the awesome achievement” of the Catholic News on reaching this milestone in the ever-changing world of this industry.

It reminds us of what Pope Benedict XVI once said, “At the end of the day, the constant flow of questions demonstrate the restlessness of human beings, ceaselessly searching for truth, of greater and lesser import that can offer meaning and hope to their lives.”

Here at Camsel, this is what we try to do every week with the Catholic News, produce a newspaper that satisfies the needs of everyone—priest and parishioner—we may miss sometimes, as happens in all newspapers, but we plod along.

That the Catholic News has been able, for so many decades, to satisfy in a meaningful way the information and communications needs of the Archdiocese, says a lot for the people who have been responsible for its longevity, driven forcefully by its credibility, regularity and its simplicity.

We refer to the World Communications Day (WCD) message from Pope Benedict XVI, in 2012 who said then: “I would like to share with you some reflections concerning an aspect of the human process of communication which, despite its importance, is often overlooked and which, at the present, it would seem especially necessary to recall.”

He said: “It concerns the relationship between silence and word: two aspects of communication which need to be kept in balance, to alternate and to be integrated with one another if authentic dialogue and deep, closeness between people are to be achieved.

“When word and silence become mutually exclusive, communication breaks down, either because it gives rise to confusion or because, on the contrary, it creates an atmosphere of coldness; when they complement one another however, communication acquires value and meaning.”

This viewpoint is not new, it was applicable in 1892 when the Catholic News was born and just as applicable today.

We see this truism all around us every day, from leaders in government, the judiciary, special interest groups like the various chambers and the plethora of civic, business and social organisations, many lacking in proper communications.

We have moved from virtually a one-man operation way back when to a fully operational module having all the facets of a modern newspaper led by the indomitable Monsignor Cuthbert Alexander, our vicar, the petite general manager, Lucille Nathu, loaded with foresight and energy and our almost silent, but hard-working editor, Raymond Syms.

We wish the team well and continue flying well, the flag of the Roman Catholic Church.


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