The Diocese of Belize City–Belmopan launched its first Catholic Diocesan podcast, ‘bzdiocese’, on Ash Wednesday, the time of new commitment to one’s faith.
A February 22 memo via the diocesan website, catholic.bz said that the podcast project is an initiative of the newly formed Pastoral Diocesan Resource Team that began in 2021 and will fulfil the vision of the diocese “that the Good News will reach every corner of our nation and that each person will grow in wisdom and humility and will walk humbly before God”.
Its mission is simple: Evangelisation through communication. The podcast’s goal is to bring faithful the latest news of what’s happening around the diocese. “You will also hear insights and in-depth discussions from special guests (including laity, clergy and the religious) on topics of faith, church history and the teachings of the Church. We hope to educate and enlighten you the faithful, so that you may continue to grow in wisdom and walk humbly before God,” the memo said.
The launch of the podcast follows the recent opening of the Diocesan Communications Center. It is equipped with video and audio production equipment including an audio-recording/editing studio where the podcast is recorded.
“Many thanks to Bishop Lawrence Nicasio of Belize City-Belmopan for making this all happen. His support was huge in harnessing SIGNIS assistance, funding from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), contributions from our parishes, schools and business community, and funds from the diocese,” the memo said.
Prior to receiving the equipment in July 2022, a group of ten persons were trained in podcasting in March 2022 by the team at SIGNIS Services Rome.
The podcast is scheduled to be aired monthly until June when it will increase to twice monthly. It will be streamed via the catholic.bz website.
Persons can download the podcast to their favourite listening device from https://bit.ly/3YQvHy1 or follow on the diocesan Facebook page.