(Vatican Radio) Bishops from South, Southeast, East and Central Asia are gathering this week in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 8th edition of the “Bishops’ Institute for Social Communications” (BISCOM VIII). The five-day workshop (3-8 September) will discuss “Social Media: Surfing, Networking, Blogging, Gaming, Addiction - Challenges and Opportunities for Communication Ministry in Asia."
The event is organised by the Office of Social Communications of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, a voluntary association of 19 episcopal conferences from 16 different Asian nations, with associate members from nine other countries.
The aim of BISCOM has been to equip bishops of South Asia with necessary skills and knowledge for handling modern media. It also aims to develop a pastoral approach to the emerging media.
FABC has mandated its Office of Social Communication (OSC) ‘to bring a Christian dimension to all communication activities and develop 'Social Communication' within the Asian Catholic community in order to support Christian living and the service of the Gospel.’