Archbishop welcomes World Communications Day message
Pope Francis has chosen Communication and Mercy as the theme for this year’s World Day of Social Communications.
The 50th World Day of Social Communications will be formally celebrated on 8th May 2016 – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, which falls on the Sunday before Pentecost.
The content for World Communications Day was published close to 24th January, the Feast of St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.
Welcoming this year’s message, the Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, reiterated the Holy Father’s call for mercy.
“When Pope Francis announced that 2016 would be a Holy Year he said that the mercy of God would be at its centre,” said the archbishop. “The pope said, ‘It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’ (cf. Lk 6:36).’
The Archbishop of Armagh explained that the faithful have been reminded that communication involves not just ‘hearing’ but ‘listening’.
He “warmly welcomed” the message for this year’s World Communications Day, pointing out that such guidance is timely for society, particularly in Ireland, as well as for families, communities and states around the world.
“It complements this special year for the Universal Church which, Pope Francis tells us in his message, ‘is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does … Our primary task is to uphold the truth with love.’
“We are also reminded that to communicate in an authentic manner we must be able to ‘listen’ to, rather than merely ‘hear’, when we encounter another.”
Archbishop Martin explained that, in part, this year’s message follows on from last year’s World Communication Day message, Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love, as it asks us to show mercy and tolerance within our families and ‘to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion’ with words of love.
“But the reach of Communication and Mercy goes much wider as it urges politicians and diplomats to use language ‘inspired by mercy, which never loses hope’,” added the archbishop.
“I encourage everyone to read this short, thought provoking and inspiring message.”Tags: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Martin, Eamon Martin, Mercy, Pope Francis, World Communications Day