WelCom May 2022
Every year on the Sunday prior to Pentecost, the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media. World Communications Day (WCD) was established by Pope Paul VI to encourage us to reflect on the opportunities and challenges the modern means of social communications afford the Church to communicate the Gospel message.
This year, Pope Francis has chosen the single word, ‘Listen!’ as the theme for the 56th WCD, 29 May 2022. Francis asks the world of communication to learn to listen again. He says listening is an indispensable first step in human communication, and a dimension of love.
Jesus himself asks us to pay attention to how we listen (Lk 8:18). To be able to truly listen requires courage, and a free and open heart, without prejudice.
At this time when the whole Church is invited to listen, to learn to be a synodal Church, we are invited to rediscover listening as essential for good communication.