12 May 2020
World Communications Day
May 17 2020
This Sunday, May 17, the Church in Australia will celebrate World Communications Day. It is observed a week earlier in Australia because of our liturgical transfer of the Feast of the Ascension from Thursday to what is elsewhere the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2020, which was released in January, focuses on the topic of storytelling.
“Stories leave their mark on us; they shape our convictions and our behaviour. They can help us understand and communicate who we are.” - Pope Francis, message for the 54th World Communications Day
Pope Francis 54th World Communications Day Message 2020
I would like to devote this year’s Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories. Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together. Amid the cacophony of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us. A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze. A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry. A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another.
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