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.

- FABC Meeting, Johor Bahru (1983)

Functions

    1. Collaborate and network with the Department of Communication of the Holy See in promoting the teaching of the Church, the World Communication Day, various Church documents on social communication
    2. Exercising on behalf of the FABC responsibility for the governance, administration and management of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA)
    3. Coordination and cooperation with —

— FABC Central Secretariat and other FABC Offices

— the Offices of Social Communication (OSC) in the FABC-member conferences

    1. Professional support for Asian Bishops on social communication concerns
    2. Promotion of research and study on Church and Social Communication in Asia
    3. Collaboration and networking with Catholic, Christian and secular media organizations such as:

SIGNIS, International Catholic Association for Communication

Associations of the Press, Publishing Houses, Writers, Artists

Catholic and Christian News Agencies

Catholic and Christian Universities and Academic Faculties of communication and media studies

Other like-minded professional media organizations- Religious and Secular.

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Objectives

    1. To promulgate within Asia the directives on social communication of the Holy See and the FABC
    2. To keep the Bishops of Asia abreast of developments in social communication, particularly those affecting the Asian Church
    3. To collaborate with the media organizations and activities of the Catholic Church in Asia
    4. To provide communication training for Bishops, priests, religious and apostolic workers
    5. To help and support national and regional conferences to develop pastoral plans and to establish communication Offices
    6. To help develop and support academic programs for pastoral/social communication formation through institutes like Veritas Asia Institute of Social Communication (VAISCOM)
    7. Seek and facilitate scholarships and consultancy services in social communication
    8. To coordinate with national and regional communication offices in devising ways and means to support evangelization and the ministries of the Church
    9. To promote collaboration with media religious and secular media organizations in Asia.
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Activities

    1. FABC-OSC Bishops’ Meet (BM) annual gathering of Chairman Bishops and Executive Secretaries of Episcopal communication Commissions/Offices in Asia
    2. Bishops’ Institutes for Social Communication (BISCOM), workshops and training, seminars and animation programs for the bishops and bishops’ conferences personnel on relevant “Church and Social Communication” subjects.
    3. Roundtables and Consultations among experts on relevant “Church and Social Communication” subjects and themes
    4. Collaborate with the FABC Central Office for the upkeep of the FABC Website
    5. FABC-OSC Book Series Publication and collaborate in the publication of “For All the Peoples of Asia” (FABC Documents).
    6. Radio Veritas Asia: effective planning and guidance for governance, administration, personnel, finance, evaluation, policy formulation and other acts
    7. Develop and support academic programs through Veritas Asia Institute of Social Communication (VAISCOM) for the pastoral formation of church leaders in Asia
    8. Network and collaborate with secular and religious media organizations through joint activities.
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Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) The missionary voice of Asian Christianity

Radio Veritas Asia traces its roots to 1958 when more than 100 bishops from Asia and Australia met at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila with a special delegate of the Pope. The meeting resolved to establish a radio station for Asia. The bishops named the project Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), meaning truth.

RVA became the only continental radio station in the Catholic Church. It shares the mission of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC), proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples of Asia, engaging people in continuous dialogue with religions, cultures, and the poor.

RVA was born against the backdrop of growing ideology of Communism and anti-Christian propaganda and suppression of religious freedom in many parts of Asia. It continues to be committed to the mission of proclaiming the liberating message of Jesus Christ who said, I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

The project was financially supported by the Church and Government of Germany, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the various Pontifical Mission Societies, and the members of the Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) themselves.

When FABC established the Office of Social Communication, the RVA was placed under the supervision and direction of this Office. In order to comply with the legal requirments of the law of the land, a body was set up under the Catholic Bishops Conference of Philippines (CBCP) named The Philippine Radio Education and Information Center (PREIC) to be the legal body for the RVA in the Philippines.

Test broadcasts for the station started in 1967, and the first overseas broadcast via shortwave began on April 11, 1969. Two 100 KW transmitters were set up for the broadcast. From then on, Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) became the symbol of the Asian people's hope and trust. RVA also became a timely response to the challenge of the Second Vatican Council to use media to proclaim the Good News and to nourish the faithful in their mother tongues.

Pope Paul VI graced the inauguration of the station through a Vatican Radio broadcast. He called the RVA the 'Missionary of Asia.' Radio Veritas Asia has always been close to the heart of the Papacy.

In February 1981, Pope John Paul II visited RVA at its headquarters in Fairview, Metro Manila, and expressed his personal appreciation and support for the project. He lauded the RVA for its contribution to the evangelization of Asia.

More than ten years later on January 14, 1995, during the 25th anniversary celebration of Radio Veritas Asia, Pope John Paul II visited RVA again. In his message the Pope said: "The fact that the Gospel is heard in so many of this continent's languages truly makes Radio Veritas the voice of Asian Christianity."

Through the years of dedication and collaboration with friends and benefactors, Radio Veritas Asia has grown in the mission of committed service to the peoples of Asia through several language services. Today RVA shares Christ with global Asians through its 21 Language Services and an English language service. Radio Veritas Asia continues its mission with vigour and zeal even as it stives to find new ways to announce and share the Good News of God's Kingdom.

The station played a major role in the most critical period of Philippine history during the 1986 People Power Revolution, which immortalized Radio Veritas all over the world for its role in advancing democracy and freedom. In recognition of its service, RVA was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

From the beginning of the new millennium, Radio Veritas Asia started a process of decentralization. From 2007, it used new digital audio recording technology, and through the Internet and the world wide web, reached Asia with greater efficacy, speed and outreach.

In 2018, the station turned a new leaf in its journey as it closed the shortwave transmission and migrated to digital technology and started web-streaming. The technological changes enabled RVA to use the social media to reach wider audience in Asia and millions of Asians who have migrated to all parts of the world. RVA continues to bring the Word of God to all them all.

Today, Radio Veritas Asia continues to fulfil its mission through the various new media platforms, which the Church has recognized as the 'Gift of God." It uses the internet and reaches to millions of people through social media applications on the web and on mobile applications.

RVA offers inspiring reflections, motivational quotes, in-depth learning about Scripture, inspiring stories of people, daily Mass, devotional prayers and meditations. RVA provides information about the Church through news, features, and commentaries.

Currently, RVA has 21Asian languages as well as an English service. The English service aims to provide content to the vernacular languages as well as serve the information needs of the people of Asia and Asians all over the world, as well as with the world at large and the Universal Church. In this way RVA is committed to the mission of engaging social communication to connect and communicate with all people, to promote truth and foster communion.

The 21Asian languages of RVA are Bengali, Chin Falam, Chin Hakha, Chin Tedim, Kachin Jinghpaw, Kachin Lisu, Kachin Rawang, Karen Sgaw, Karen Pwo, Kcho, Khmer, Hindi, Hmong, Mandarin, Myanmar, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese and Zo.

You can log on to RVA on its website: rvasia.org or on RVA Mobile App to access the content in English or your preferred language.

RVA is the missionary voice of Asian Christianity

Be Inspired. Be Informed. Live and Share Your Faith.

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