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Bishops Call for Catholic Stations to Federate

Regional radio network foreseen as means to aid in spreading church teachings throughout Central America

At a plenary assembly held in Costa Rica, bishops from across Central America called for the formation of a regional network of Catholic radio stations.

According to a report by Agenzia Fides, the assembly of bishops sees the formation of such a network as a means for Catholic broadcasters in the region to aid one another with technical and financial support, as well as help promote Catholic messages.

“There are 60 radio stations broadcasting in Central America and they fulfill a key role in the public relations of the life of the Church,” said Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of San Marcos in Guatemala. “These broadcasts will help in the fight against crime and corruption and are invaluable when it comes to humanitarian aid and human development. All this is possible because the media are promoters of human values.”

Speaking at the assembly, other bishops noted that such a network could help the church face the challenges presented to it during the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, Brazil, to provide greater pastoral support in a time of increased globalization.