Digitalizing the Church for E-Transformation: Study of Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan
Keywords:digitalization, catholic, e-transformation, e-church, information, technology
The Catholic Church is one of the oldest faith-based organizations with a presence in virtually every part of the globe. The Catholic Church is popular not only for its evangelism but also for its socio-economic interventions in the public sphere. The Catholic Church is known to leverage on the social realities within a particular era to deliver essential services to the public. This is the case of its body in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria – the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan. Through the establishment of its faith-based schools and hospitals, the archdiocese has delivered educational and healthcare services, among others, to the people. Using the Ibadan Archdioceses of the Catholic Church as case study, this study attempts an explorative study of the interplay between service delivery by Catholic Church and the growing global influence of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Through qualitative research, the paper assesses the communication and social services delivery frameworks of the Archdiocese of Ibadan and recommends adoption of electronic frameworks for deepening and expanding social services to a fast growing e-literate society.
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