Miranda Prorsus: An Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII on Motion Pictures, TV and Radio – its Impact on the Catholic Church Media in Zambia Today

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Freeborn Kibombwe


This article refl ects on the sixty years marking the anniversary of the encyclical letter Miranda Prorsus by Pope Pius XII. Miranda Prorsus was the fi rst document written in 1957 by the Church to refl ect on the three important means of communication: Motion Pictures (Film), Television (TV) and Radio. It highlighted the importance of these  “remarkable technical inventions” to aid humanity in as far as development and understanding the media was concerned. Each of these three instruments of communication is examined in both the strengths and weaknesses they carry, but much more, how they can play a role in advancing humanity in the area of morality and truth telling. The article tries to use some of the important highlights in the context of Zambia my country that has embraced these means of communication with radio stations set up by the respective Bishops and a Television soon to be launched by the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). In retrospect the article tries to show how these means and technical inventions can become handy in as far as the evangelization is concerned.


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Kibombwe, F. (2020). Miranda Prorsus: An Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII on Motion Pictures, TV and Radio – its Impact on the Catholic Church Media in Zambia Today. Annales Missiologici Posnanienses, (25), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.14746/amp.2020.25.7
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Freeborn Kibombwe, St. Joseph’s Theological Institute – SJTI (South Africa)

Freeborn Kibombwe OMI, a member of the Oblate Zambia Delegation in Southern Africa. He is the past Delegation Superior of Zambia from 2011- -2017. Besides pastoral ministry in parishes, he has been working mainly in media especially being the founder and establishing the Oblate Radio Liseli (Light), a radio wholly owned by the Oblates in Zambia located in the Diocese of Mongu (Western Zambia). He has taught in the Department of Social Sciences – Mass Communication and Public Relations at Cavendish University of Zambia a private University. Was instrumental in setting up the Department of Journalism and Media studies at the Zambia Catholic University branch in Lusaka (Capital City) and lectured there too. He has been the Episcopal Conference of Zambia member of consultors in setting the Lumen TV Zambia (A television station for the Bishops of Zambia to be launched soon). He holds a B.Phil., (Urbaniana); M.Div., (Oblate School of Theology, Texas); MA Communication Arts (University of the Incarnate Word – Texas) and a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) in Pastoral Theology and Media from Oblate School of Theology – Texas). He is currently assigned to the Oblate Scholasticate as formator and Theological Institute in South Africa.


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