A file image of media at a press conference held in the Indian village of Ralegan Siddhi in the south-eastern state of Maharashtra. (shutterstock.com photo)

Dec 1 2021

Catholic Church communicators in Asia vowed to tell the stories of people “on the fringes of society” during an online gathering of Catholic bishops from across the region last week.

“It’s all about the people,” said Peter Monthienvichienchai, executive editor of the up-and-coming Catholic Asian news platform LiCAS News based in Bangkok, Thailand.

“It doesn’t matter how many correspondents we have, or how many articles we publish each day,” he said, adding that “the most important, and central to our mission as a Catholic publisher, are the people and the stories of their struggles.”

Monthienvichienchai said LiCAS News focuses on “solutions journalism,” adding that “we not only tell the stories of struggle but also the efforts to address those issues, especially efforts by the Catholic community.”

Jose Kavi, editor-in-chief of Matters India, a news portal that covers religious and social issues in India, said he wanted to show that “money isn’t everything” when it comes to evangelization.

“We have managed to do what we do each day with only minimal funding and support from personal connections,” said the veteran journalist who headed the India operations of the Union of Catholic Asian News for 25 years until 2012.

Read the full news in LiCAS.news.