Archdiocese of Karachi's weekly magazine 'Agahi' goes online, plans Christian TV, radio -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Archdiocese of Karachi’s weekly magazine ‘Agahi’ goes online, plans Christian TV, radio

KARACHI: The Archdiocese of Karachi has launched the online edition of Agahi, its Urdu weekly magazine on Holy Thursday after mass in which all the clergymen and a large number of nuns and faithful took part. Archbishop Evarist Pinto inaugurated and browsed the site: www.agahinews.com.

The online edition offers the entire issue of the tabloid-size weekly. It will be updated on the Internet each Monday. Readers will have access to back issues and all news, features and reviews.

Agahi became the first Christian Urdu weekly of the country over a year ago. It was launched on the feast of Christ the King, Nov 26, 2006. It consists of eight pages with two to four pages of announcements and advertisements. It is the only authentic source in the country which gives Church-related news from the Archdiocese, the country and from all over the world in Urdu. The editorial and advisory boards of the publication are men and women of the community. They include Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. “The weekly has a privileged place in the country and is becoming a source of information and inspiration,” a press release said Saturday.

The publication is the brainchild of Father Arthur Charles, a professor of dogmatic theology, director of the Karachi Catechetical Centre and vicar general of the archdiocese. Archbishop Evarist Pinto named him Editor-in-Chief of the weekly.

Father Charles said that he promised almost a year ago that Agahi will be available online especially for the readers living out of Pakistan. He is working on a Christian TV channel and an FM radio station at the national level.

While speaking on the inauguration, Archbishop Pinto said of Agahi: “Just like the print edition, it is my wish that the online edition of the Archdiocesan weekly should be a tool for education, formation, interfaith harmony and an instrument of peace, love and understanding, above all a channel for spreading the Word of God, both here and abroad.”

“I am aware that in a short span of time Agahi has become a source of information about the life of the Church in the Archdiocese and in the world. Week after week the readers receive not only information but also inspiration for their daily living. The news items, stories and commentaries in each edition highlight the Christian virtues at work in the lives of many Catholics and underline the Catholic culture which enriches so much of our lives,’ said the archbishop.

While highlighting the importance of the online edition, the archbishop insisted upon the people receiving Agahi at home, each week.

Fr. Arthur Charles requested people to consider supporting this free service with subscriptions to the print edition, or by making a donation as they want to keep the online edition free.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/21/2008