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Priest discusses challenges facing Christian media in Middle East

Catholic World News - April 18, 2012

The head of the first and largest Christian radio station in the Middle East has told Vatican Radio that Christian media have become particularly important as fear increases among the region’s Christians.

“The role of social communications and media (in the Church) now is to spread the word of God and to strengthen our Christian people who are living this fear,” said Father Fadi Tabet, whose station was bombed in 2005.

Christian media, he added, are necessary to counteract or complement the influence of other media outlets--not only Muslim media, but also secular media outlets that are run by Christians.

“In the Middle East, the ‘other’ media is very strong … because they have money and the money (comes) from Saudi Arabia … and from the Persian people and from the Muslims … Their technology is very high.”

Secular media outlets, on the other hand, routinely ignore the Church even as they cover events like Ramadan, he said.

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