The Catholic Church should operate a television channel to produce content and programs aimed at projecting the faith and moral values of the Gospel according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, so that many will be informed and reformed.
The television channel known as Lumen Christi TV, which will broadcast in English, French and Ghanaian languages, will serve as an effective instrument to teach and ensure the realization of the fundamental social principles of the Catholic Church.
An amount of one million US dollars (US$1,000,000.00) is required to set up the Lumen Christi TV and begin operations. This amount is expected to be raised through community funding, which is why the Catholic Church has started a series of fundraising activities for the project.
Mr. Samuel Awugah, Chairman of the Laity Council of the Archdiocese of Tamale, who gave details of the Lumen Christi TV project during its launch and public meeting in Tamale, said, “The light of Christ has shone so brilliantly in Ghana, but we hardly shed that light. for the world to see. Lumen Christi TV will serve as a vantage point on which we will place the lamp of Christ.
The event, held under the theme: “Living Authentic Christian Social Teachings through Mass Media Evangelism,” was used to raise funds to support the project.
The Ghana News Agency has gathered that later an Initial Public Offering (IPO) will be organized in which individuals, groups and corporations within the Church will participate to generate more capital to support the project.
Mr. Awugah said Lumen Christi Catholic Media Limited would focus on content and program production, which would be transmitted and broadcast in English, French and local languages through a strategic partnership agreement with Crystal Radiovision Network Limited ( Crystal TV) through a channel on its network.
He explained that “the newly planned broadcast operation will close the chapter on the rather commercially moderate broadcast service, dubbed the ‘Catholic Digest,’ airing as a 30-minute program on GTV and a Crystal TV channel with the support of the network for over twenty years.”
He said “the new broadcast operation should be infused with rich and diverse program content to serve as the basis for sponsorship and viewer appeal”, adding that broadcast and transmission would be done through digital modes. terrestrial and satellite channels to provide coverage for all 19 Dioceses and the one Vicariate of the Church while satellite broadcasting would reach the entire African continent.
He said, “Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the Church as Bride must proclaim that light from the rooftops of Lumen Christi TV-Ghana. We are baptized to evangelize. May we bring together our ideas and our passions, our resources and our strategies to evangelize through Lumen Christi TV.
Archbishop Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference stressed the need for all to give generously to the project.
Rev. Adu Amoakohene Don-Peters, secretary of the local Council of Churches, said current developments make evangelism through the media even more imperative.
He praised the Lumen Christi TV project and assured the full support of the local Council of Churches for the project.
Reverend Monsignor Matthew Yitiereh, outgoing Vicar General and Bishop-elect of Yendi Diocese urged attendees at the launch and public meeting to promote the reasons for establishing Lumen Christi TV, which was to “live authentic Christian social teachings through mass media evangelism.
Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, praised the Catholic Church for not relenting in its efforts to operate a television station in the country despite the many failed attempts it has done to realize this dream since 1993. .
Alhaji Saibu suggested that Lumen Christi TV management consider airing programs that would specifically target and spiritually stimulate the youth of the Church, considering modern trends and culture as ways to retain them in the Church.