BULGARIA: ARCHIMANDRITE POLYCARPUS, THE ORTHODOX CHURCH NEEDS ITS OWN MEDIA

"The Bulgarian Orthodox Church needs to have its own social media to make its voice heard by society and to extend its evangelising mission". This was stated by the archimandrite, Polycarpus Petrov, founder of the first Orthodox radio in Bulgaria, "Sion", as he spoke at a meeting about "Church and Media" in Sofia, last night. Petrov insisted on the need for ecclesial communities to be more open to lay media, with which "relations of respectful cooperation need" to be developed. The Orthodox monk told about his experience in the diocese of Vidin, where two religious programmes were born in private local TV channels and a programme launched on the national radio. "This presence in the media has had great impact on life, in the diocese of Vidin, because, while beforehand people mistrusted the clergy, now their attitude has changed". In his opinion, "it is very important for the Church to be present in the media, especially in distant places, where there are no priests and people may only be reached through the mass media". In addition, the monk pointed to "the need for the Bulgarian Church to train its own social media professionals, who must be professional as well as churchgoing Christians".

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