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South Asia Don Bosco Communications General Assembly in Goa


By Joaquim Fernandes, sdb
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Mumbai, Nov. 5. The South Asia Don Bosco Communications [BOSCOM] General Assembly began today at Don Bosco Panjim. The convention from November 5-8, 2015 comprising over 35 participants of youth, media professionals and Salesians of Don Bosco will focus on Social Media and Family Values.
The inaugural function witnessed the lighting of the lamp and floral tributes with a sprightly Brazilian Portuguese dance. Welcoming the participants, Fr Godfrey D'Souza-Salesian Provincial Mumbai and South Asia Provincial Delegate for BOSCOM said ''all of us to a certain extent gadget freaks connected via the various social media, but we aren't aware that the biggest engaging footprint on Facebook is JesusDaily! ...it is time we Salesians offered the young a Web playground engaging with and accompanying them.''
Fr Ian Figueiredo-Salesian Provincial Goa welcomed the participants to this serious forum extending the characteristic coastal hospitality of Goa. Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Patriarch of the East Indies and the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, said ''the Church, especially in Vatican Council II considered the importance of the media and discussed its influence in Inter Mirifica.  I wish to thank the Salesians for the commendable work they are already doing and wish them the very best as they discuss future possibilities during these days.''
Young social media enthusiasts and professionals from varied fields including psychologists, policymakers, health specialists and journalists will engage in discussing relevant issues, concerns and platforms for synergy in the days ahead. The topics scheduled are ''Social Media and its Potential for Creating Local Content,'' Social Media and Family Values- Issues & Challenges,'' ''Families Today-Urban and Rural India,''and the ''Role of Media for Social Development.'' Also present for the convention are Fr Filiberto Gonzalez- General Councillor for Social communications and Br. Ephrem Santos from the General Department of Social Communications, Rome.

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