مجلس البطاركة والاساقفة الكاثوليك في لبنان
اللجنة الأسقفية لوسائل الإعلام في لبنان
المركز الكاثوليكي للإعلام في لبنان

About Us

In Lebanon, saw a certain tension, a democratic coexistence among the 17 religious denominations divided mainly between two large Christian and Muslim communities, and proportionally represented in Parliament and in the public service. Similarly, half of the 500 annual hours of religious programming on radio and those 8 hours of national television returns to each of these two communities that load share between their subgroups. However the news and religious events, national and international, are often reported in the daily news bulletins, radio and television, in addition, occasionally, some talks and round tables to religious or moral subjects.
Official Member of O.C.I.C. (International Catholic Organization and Audiovisual) since 1956, Lebanon has been federated to UNDA (International Catholic Association for Radio and Television) Congress in Manila in 1980. His ة Episcopal Commission for Social Communication Means (CJD) established in 1978 to Jal-Eddib, northern suburb of Beirut, the "Catholic Information Center."
The monthly meetings of this Commission include a dozen members, including the heads of subcommittees of the Press, Cinema / Television and Radio. From the start, an ecumenical opening has been achieved, as we have already reported. Calendars, in the form of pouches, illustrate the texts of Scripture, such as 1981 (15.000 + 5.000 posters) and 1982 (20,000), respectively on peace and Aging.
Numerous press conferences are held according to the circumstances transition of certain personalities of the Christian world; presentation of such Arabic translation of a book of spirituality or a papal document.
Moreover, it broadcast a monthly bulletin. First written in Arabic and then in French (300) and English (100), it was intended to news agencies, religious leaders and media leaders. It was written as a press release, containing new Christian and religious (Muslim too). It was distributed in Lebanon, in the Arab countries (which leave the pass) and those of Lebanese emigration (North and South America, Australia ...). This entry was one of 82 publications including Lebanon (52 in Arabic (5 Muslim, 57 Christian), 12 in French, 7 in Armenian and English. It only seems for lack of money.
The Catholic Information Center is working with the Lebanese Committee for Christian publications in Arabic. It remains in conjunction with Vatican Radio and other international agencies for the usual communication for religious information. It coordinates publications religious articles in daily newspapers and weekly magazines. It maintains some contact with the professional community, through meetings or interpersonal or official (once a year). It launches from time to time investigating issues of faith and morality of manners, especially among academics.
Two annual poles mobilize in large part the work of the Episcopal Commission ة and its Committee for MCS in an information and training perspective: the World Day of Peace (early January - still a burning issue, given the situation the country), and the World Day for MCS (Sunday before Pentecost). In addition to the distribution of leaflets and posters, drawing competitions are organized. In 1983, a catechism booklet of 16 pages, printed in 12,650 copies, for Christian schools, was a popular test of explanation, reflection and response exercises, concerning the proposed theme this year . The experiment is continued and improved in subsequent years.
The film level, the Commission has produced, in 1980/81, a film that means film (35mn), became a feature film in color and black and white: "Lebanon, despite everything," written and directed by young filmmaker André Gideon. The copy of the original film medium was shown to members of the II World Maronite Congress in New York in October 1981. The difficult circumstances and precarious of achievement, made during the war, helped to emphasize the incompleteness of a work by Moreover spiritually positive, the operation of which will be taken more effectively from October 1983.
In 1974, every morning of 6h.30 to 6h.45, an ecumenical Christian religious program regularly passes over the national airwaves. Similarly, but already previously, Sunday Mass, celebrated in various Eastern rites, followed by a commentary religious music, is broadcast from 11am. at 13h. On the occasion: the great Christian feasts (Easter, Christmas ...), the World Day of Peace or MCS week of Unity ... and solemn papal Masses take special nature of community witness in union with the intentions of the universal Church.
Meanwhile, religious news reports appeared in the press and are transmitted on national television, regardless specials presented feasts and days mentioned above.
Educational films, including a series of 14 films in English: "This is the life," due to the initiative of the Lutheran Church, have been programmed on the small screen.
Finally four times a year, a live satellite transmission of the ceremonies in Rome and the papal blessing connects Christians in heart symbol of their unity.
In the current socio-geographic context, the Episcopal Commission has several tasks to finalize. It ensures the maintenance of the right of Christians in relation to their attendance on the air and their work in different media.
It promotes cohesion between Catholics and Christians, to a concrete agreement about the message of Christ to convey.
It is concerned with providing media training future priests and religious; seeks to surround himself with competent lay collaborators, and aims to promote education and pedagogy adapted to M.C.S. in schools, colleges and universities.
In this spirit, it would establish and develop the "Audiovisual and evangelization" branch for the good news of salvation to reach, by appropriate means in our time and in the language Arabic Semitic, all the scattered children of God of region.