Kerala Church exhorts believers to take digital path

KOCHI Sept 9: The Ernakulam-Angmally Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church has launched a major digitisation mission with a call to all members of the Church to have a smart phone for enabling  faster dissemination of information and the divine messages.  
Auxiliary bishop  Sebastian Adayantharath of the archdiocese has issued a  circular in this regard to be read out in all parishes of the archdiocese on Sunday.
The project named Archdiocesan Internet Mission (AIM) envisages a 24/7 networking of 260 parishes and various other departments under the archdiocese, over 400 priests and nuns and the over five  lakh laity of the archdiocese.
The project also aims at a robust hardware system with computer, printer, scanner, broadband internet with 3G and 4G connections in all the parishes.
All monasteries should also be equipped with computer printer, scanner with broadband with 3G and 4G connections.
The circular  advised that the believers currently not having mobile phone should buy an android  phone for the speedy dissemination of  information.
The circular has to be read out in all churches after the Mass on Sunday.    The AIM provides training in four stages for the digitisation mission. The first phase comprises  registration of the parishes and the family members.
The second phase involves the services of the Church under the digital platform while the third phase provides training for priests in keeping the accounts.
The fourth phase aims at reaching the services provided by family apostolate and others to families and individual.      
According to the circular,  222 out of the 264 parishes have already begun the data entry operations and covered registration of 63,691 families and 271,478 individuals.
The circular called for the completion of the data entry in the next three months.   An office is functioning to provide all assistance to the needy.