The long awaited Lumen Christi television network, LCTN, a catholic TV station in Lekki metropolis is in operation now.
The chairman of the Station, Prince Robert Soji, was on ground to commission the operation of the television station in Lagos, recently in company of many serving and retired Catholic leaders and faithful.
The Chairman said, setting up this station is a dream come true, revealing that he had always dreamt of doing something big to express the universality and uniqueness of the Catholic Church.
According to him, “forty years ago, an Irish Priest and mentor, Late Rev. Fr. Richard Fitzgerald asked me, as a young altar boy if I would like to become a priest one day when I grow up. My reply to the question was ‘I do not know’. Before I could correct whatever wrong impression the non-definitive answer could have created, the priest said, Robert, I’m not 100% happy with your response, but I am pleased with the childish innocence that you exhibited”.
“There and then, I gave him my word that if I do not become a priest, I will always do everything possible to support the priesthood and make their work easy. This is the type of background I come from and establishing Lumen Christi Television is one way of supporting the priests as they labour unceasingly to win souls for Christ” he added.
He described the television station as standing for truth, equity, justice and progress, promising that an editorial board will be put in place shortly to ensure transparency and strict adherence to the doctrines of the catholic body.
He however stressed that the vision, mission, content, coverage and policies were fashioned in line with the principles and doctrines of the church. In view of the astronomical costs of establishing/ running a modern TV network, he urged the various diocesan social communication and media departments to be the chief correspondent in their respective Dioceses, reiterating that they are free to send their productions for broadcasting at no cost.
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Prof. Francis Ogunmodede, said that he observed that the Television Network is set up to propagate the preaching of the catholic faith in Nigeria. “If my information is right, this is going to be the first private catholic Television network in Nigeria, and Africa. Words are inadequate to express my joy realizing this dream which the whole of catholic hierarchy in Nigeria have been dreaming for a very long time, but have not been able to accomplish”, he said.
Chairman, Catholic Social Communications, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, said the network is designed to bring good tidings, preach peace across the nation, and give youths and viewers an alternative viewing experience from what is obtained outside, waring them not to infiltrate and corrupt the purpose for which the station is established.