An Indian priest has been named as chief content editor of Radio Veritas Asia, a pan-Asian news service of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).
Father Feroz Fernandes, a member of the Society of Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, has been appointed this month for a three-year term as editor of the news service.
The priest used to be editor-in-chief of the Konkani weekly “Vauraddeancho Ixtt” (Worker’s Friends) in Goa, western India, from 2008 to 2013.
Father George Plathottam, executive secretary of the Office of Social Communication of FABC, told Matters India that Father Fernandes was chosen on the basis of his academic qualifications and experience.
He said Father Fernandes has “shown maturity, competence and commitment in carrying out his various responsibilities.”
“We are confident that he will be able to devote himself wholeheartedly to carry out the mission of RVA, particularly in the early years of its transition from short wave to digital online service,” said Father Plathottam.
Father Fernandes said he looks forward to being a part of the “voice of Asian Christianity,” the radio’s tagline.
“It is encouraging to work along with dedicated persons fueled by faith in Christ in the service of humanity,” he told Matters India.
Ordained a priest in 2002, Father Fernandes holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management degree from DePaul University in Chicago and Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Sikkim Manipal University in India.
He was pastor at Holy Family Church in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan in Canada during the time of his appointment. He also served as associate pastor at St. Timothy, Chicago, from July 2015 to September 2016.
“I look at Radio Veritas Asia as a continuation of my missionary apostolate following the FABC’s vision of dialogue with religions, cultures and promote solidarity with the poor,” said the priest. – report on Matters India