Theme announced for World Communications Day

Announce the Mercy of God! (And mind your language and gestures when you’re in the process). That’s the basis of the theme of the next World Communications Day which is

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.

According to today’s Vatican Radio report, this year’s theme was chosen to coincide with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Year called by Pope Francis to announce the Mercy of God.  The Pontifical Council for Social Communications announced the theme for the 2016 World Communications Day celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost, which next year is on May 8th.

The statement from the Pontifical Council notes the day provides an “appropriate occasion to reflect on the deep synergy between communication and mercy.”

The Theme highlights the capacity of good communication to open up a space for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation, thereby allowing fruitful human encounters to flourish. At a time when our attention is often drawn to the polarized and judgmental nature of much commentary on the social networks, the theme invokes the power of words and gestures to overcome misunderstandings, to heal memories and to build peace and harmony.

In other words, let us reflect on what we post in comm boxes (is it caustic or arrogant?), how we present the clear teaching of our faith (do we come off as judgmental or sarcastic?), the types of material we choose to present (is it authentic from the Church and the Gospel of Christ or is it my opinion stated as fact?), the appropriateness of the images we offer (do they belittle or trivialize our faith or our authentic witnesses?), the tone in which we communicate (are we sending vibes of love or hate?).

World Communications Day was established by Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council in order to draw attention to the “the vast and complex phenomenon of the modem means of social communication.”

Check out the full audio recording of the Vatican Radio report here.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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