“Encounter” to be theme of next World Communications Day

“Encounter” to be theme of next World Communications Day September 30, 2013

Not that surprising, since Pope Francis mentions that idea often (and he’s no slouch at Close Encounters of the Pope Kind, as shown above.)


As Pope Francis continues to talk about the importance of authentic encounters, both with God and with other people, he has chosen the topic of bringing people together for his first message for World Communications Day.

“Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” will be the theme of the church’s celebration of World Communications Day, which most dioceses will mark June 1, the Sunday before Pentecost. The pope’s message for the day is expected to be released Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in a Sept. 30 announcement of the pope’s choice of the theme, said it is through communication that people are able to meet and encounter others on a meaningful level and to “express who we are, what we think and believe, how we wish to live and, perhaps more importantly, to come to know those with whom we are called to live.”


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