RADIO Veritas recently celebrated its 20th birthday with a live transmission from its studios of a Mass celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio, followed by a braai at St Benedict's College in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
At the celebration, station director Fr Emil Blaser OP was presented with a special blessing from Pope Francis for the by Archbishop Peter Wells, the Nuncio.
In his annual director's report, Fr Blaser outlined the troubles in the world and in South Africa, and even within the Church which has seen ongoing scandals and "an unprecedented disrespect towards our Holy Father by a small group of right-wing Catholics".
In that context, Radio Veritas is a beacon of hope.
“We broadcast to people living in the world I have described and I know from feedback that we give people hope and joy through the programmes we broadcast," Fr Emil said.
"Our mission is to counter the bad news in the world with the good news of Jesus Christ."
Fr Blaser called on the Catholic community to spread the word about Radio Veritas, which he estimated to have 100000 listeners, locally and abroad.
"Yet there are pockets of people who have still not heard of Radio Veritas," he said. "Some parishes have closed their doors to us for whatever reason."
With monthly expenses of R500000, Fr Blaser noted, "we are really living from hand to mouth".
He said that Radio Veritas needs to increase income "so that we can deliver a quality product and inspiring programmes". in September 2020, Radio Veritas will host a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop Duncan Tsoke, auxiliary in Johan nesburg, to help raise funds.
Fr Blaser pointed out that in the past year Radio Veritas had lost five staff members. At present, the full-time staff numbers eight, complemented by 15 volunteers. He made particular mention of the contributions by station manager Khanya Litabe, Tiiso Musoeu and Sheila Pires. He lauded the latter "for her excellent programmes which are regularly broadcast on Vatican Radio. She has truly put us on the international stage."
Fr Blaser also thanked Archbishop William Slattery, recently retired head of Pretoria archdiocese, "who in the midst of his busy schedule presents a weekly hour- and-a-half programme", and the priests who help us with programmes and the celebration of Daily Mass".
He also made mention of the excellent cooperation between The Southern Cross and Radio Veritas. Fr Blaser and his long-time programme director Olinda Orlando have both suffered health problems, and he thanked "all of you who have been praying for us and showing us your love and concern."
(Article courtesy of The Southern Cross)
Saturday 26 October was celebration day at Radio Veritas as it marked its 20th anniversary. In a speech at the end of Holy Mass attended by Radio Veritas donors, current and former staff members, Dominican priests, and the Catholic community, the main celebrant Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Wells (right), congratulated Radio Veritas and its director, Fr Emil Blaser on the milestone. He said Radio Veritas’ ministry went beyond the walls of its studios and beyond its broadcast footprint.
Addressing Fr Emil, the Nuncio thanked him for his dedication to ministry even in his frail state…
The Nuncio said the witness for all and what can be learnt from Fr Emil’s dedication is never to give up, no matter the circumstances…
As part of the celebrations, Archbishop Wells presented Radio Veritas with a framed Papal Blessing sent from Rome.
The picture shows Fr Joseph Wilson MSC, presenter of Changing Gear: Spirit Wednesday; Fr Emil Blaser OP, director of Radio Veritas andMrs Elizabeth Maepa, chairperson of the Radio Veritas Board of Trustees
Counsellor of the Nunciature, Msgr Roman Walczak, reads the Blessing…
Radio Veritas is run under the auspices of the Dominican Order, and the Dominican Provincial, Fr Stan Muyebe, was present at the celebrations. Another Dominican, Fr Martin Badenhorst gave the homily. As he congratulated Radio Veritas, he said the work of radio announcers does not end when the microphone is turned off but continues in the community they serve…
Radio Veritas presenter Khanya Litable was recently invited by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) to cover Pope Francis' 9th September 2019 apostolic voyage to Mauritius.
He very quickly discovered that Mauritius has more to offer than just sandy beaches and sunshine. As Khanya is also a serious and talented photographer, he recorded his impressions of the island on his blog:
Mauritius is affectionately known as the Paradise Island because of its beautiful picturesque beaches. This is why I was totally ecstatic when I received a kind offer from Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) to cover Pope Francis 9th September 2019 apostolic voyage to Mauritius. This was as a result of Radio Veritas, The Southern Cross and Spotlight Africa's collaboration to take pilgrims to Mauritius to see the Pope, to have a spiritual revival and a holiday of sorts. The South African office of MTPA were very kind to us and for that we are truly grateful.
And so like a typical inland person, I went to Mauritius expecting to be on the beach everyday all day, save the Pope’s Mass. However, it turned out that Mauritius has far more to offer than the blue clear beaches and perfect weather.