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Salesian Presents a Paper on Social Media and Catechesis at the International Catechetical Congress of Syro Malabar Church

By Fr. Gilbert Choondal sdb
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Mumbai, Nov. 27. Kochi:  The first International Catechetical Congress of the Syro-Malabar Church witnessed the presentation of a paper  by Dr. Fr. Gilbert Choondal sdb on Social Media and Catechesis at Kakkanad, the Head Quarters of Syro Malabar Bishops' Synod on 26 November 2015.
The Congress which lasted for three days (25, 26, 27 November 2015) was attended by Major Archbishop George Alencherry, Commission bishops, Priests, sisters, lay teachers of faith from Kerala, Syro Malabar dioceses and mission territories of other States in India and abroad. They were 121 participants. There had been representations from Kuwait, Australia, and United Kingdom . The main focus of the Congress was to see to the issue concerning catechesis in migrant dioceses and local dioceses.
 The Congress was organised by the Commission for Catechetics of Syro Malabar diocese. The organiser of the Seminar, Fr. George Dhanavelil said, ''This is the first congress in the Syro Malabar church of this kind. We hope to organise such events in the future to study and reflect specific issues concerning the catechesis of Syro Malabar Catholics all over the world.'' Mar George Alancherry said at the inaugural speech that the congress would bring some action plans that would bear tangible fruits. Fr. Gilbert presented the issues of social media among the teens and youth that affect positively and negatively their lives. He also proposed some guidelines for a catechetical Social Media  in the present culture. The Sunday Catechesis of the Syro Malabar Church had been acclaimed by bishops of Several dioceses both in India and abroad as one of the most successful catechetical ministry in the world. Some of the issues discussed in the congress was migrant issues, moral issues, inter ritual issues, family and adult catechesis and text book issues. The lay teacher who represented Kuwait surprised all the participants by exposing the number of students of Sunday catechesis in his parish. It was just more than 2,200 students!
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