The Pontifical Council for Social Communications released a statement on September 30 that Pope Francis has chosen the theme of “encounter” for his first World Communications Day message. According to the council statement,
The Message for World Communications Day 2014 will explore the potential of communication, especially in a networked and connected world, to bring people closer to each other and to co-operate in the task of building a more just world.
Traditionally, the Pope releases his message for World Communications Day on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.
While we face many challenges in engaging the digital culture for mission, it is hopeful to see that Church leaders are recognizing its potential and exploring how we can make better use of it.
In the video below Catholic News Service looks at the September 2013 plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the state of church communications today.
The speakers on the video touch on the cultural context of communications, the fact that we are an Incarnational church, isolation vs. relationship, and that the digital culture is a means to an end.
I really like what the last speaker, Basilian Father Thomas Rosica said: “ We have to re-think how we are going to get the message out…It does require strategy.”
What do you think of Pope Francis’ theme of encounter for the 2014 World Communications Day?
Did anything in this video stand out for you?
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