From network community to human communities

Sunday 2nd June 2019

“God is not Solitude, but Communion; because love always communicates”

Pope Francis Message on the 53rd World Communication Day

The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media.

This year Pope Francis has chosen as his theme:

«We are members one of another» (Eph 4,25). From network community to human communities.

The theme underlines the importance of giving back to communication a broad perspective, based on the person, and emphasizes the value of interaction always understood as dialogue and as an opportunity to meet with others.

It’s a digital world and since the launch of the internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all.

While governments seek legal ways to regulate the digital world and to protect the original vision of a free, open and secure network, we all have the possibility and the responsibility to promote its positive use.

Statistics show that among young people one in four is involved in episodes of cyberbullying. To stem this phenomenon, an International Observatory for Cyberbullying Prevention will be established, with its headquarters in the Vatican.

Pope Francis invites us to reflect on our ‘being-in-relation’, and to rediscover, in the current communications context, the very human desire not to be left isolated or lonely.

Read the full text of the Pope’s message here:

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