Message for the 57th World Day of Social Communication: Speak from the heart, hold the truth in charity – Vatican News Vatican

In his message for the 57th World Social Communication Day, Pope Francis invited everyone to follow the example of Saint Francis Salle, Patron of Journalism, to swim against the present and support people’s desire for peace. The theme of this year’s World Social Communication Day announcement is: Speak your heart and hold the truth in charity.

(Vatican News Network)On January 24, the feast day of Saint Francis de Sales, the patron saint of news, Pope Francis issued a message for World Social Communication Day 57. The theme is: Speak from your heart, in charity Hold fast to the truth (Ephesians 4:15). This year’s World Social Communication Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 21 this year. In his message, the Pope not only instructs communicators, but also emphasizes that it is everyone’s responsibility to spread “from the heart and with open arms”.

This year’s bulletin follows the path of previous years’ bulletins, continuing the “come and see” and “listen” theme of previous years, and continues to explore the conditions for good communication. This time the Pope talks about “speaking from the heart”. Indeed, the heart encourages us to receive, speak and share. The Pope calls it “heart-to-heart communication”. Accepting others means “speaking after listening, holding the truth in charity”.

“We should not be afraid to announce the truth, although it can be unpleasant sometimes, but not announce it in love and heart. … A heart, through its beating, reveals the truth of our existence and should therefore be valued Listening This encourages the listener to adjust his own frequency so that he can hear the other person’s heartbeat within himself. This is how the miracle of an encounter happens.”

The Pope went on to quote the example of the experience of the Emmaus disciples, calling the “mysterious traveler who spoke to them on the road” who preached from the heart: he was the Lord Jesus Christ, who spoke lovingly in Mr. his heart and accompany “their pain. “journey”, respecting the timing of their understanding.

“In a historical period of polarization and conflict everywhere, unfortunately the church community is not immune. Under these circumstances, it is not only the task of journalists but also of everyday people to promote communication ‘from the heart and with arms open’ personal. We are all called to try and tell the truth and to act in charity.”

The Pope specifically encourages Christians to “never speak evil words” and only speak words that benefit others. Kind words can soften and open even the hardest hearts. This is the “soft power of love”. Kindness is indeed an antidote to “cruelty.” “The world of the media needs kindness, so that communication does not fuel anger, provoke anger, and intensify conflict. On the contrary, communication should help people maintain a critical spirit, always respectful to reflect calmly and interpret the situation we are in”.

Referring to Saint Francis Salle, the saint of the Church commemorated that day and patron of the news, the Pope drew attention to the fact that the saint “is gentle, full of humanity, ready to talk patiently with everyone, especially with those who opposed him…, all this makes him a unique witness of God’s love”. In an age where communication is often taken advantage of, the teaching of Saint Francis of Saint Francis is clearly swimming against the present.

Returning to the theme of this World Social Communication Day, “Speaking from the Heart”, the Pope said that this theme is also part of the process of the Synod of Bishops that the Church is going through. Listening to each other is the greatest gift we can give each other. How much language is needed “in God’s way”, namely: closeness, mercy and tenderness.

So the Pope expressed his dream, writing: “I dream that the propagation of the Church, led by the Holy Spirit, is soft and prophetic, and able to promote in the third millennium the great announcement of her call, Instead, find new forms and ways. May the communication focus on the relationship with God, with neighbour, and above all with those most in need.”

Faced with the current situation of global conflict, the Pope reiterated the need for “diffusion without enmity” to promote a “culture of peace” that “extends beyond hatred and enmity”. The increase in war that the world fears today must be curbed as soon as possible at the level of communication, because “discourse often turns into cruel and violent acts of war.”

In his final message, the Pope emphasized that everyone must strive to “find the right words” to build a “better civilization”. This is especially the responsibility of communicators, so the Pope begged the Lord to protect them in their work “holding the truth in charity”, thereby helping us all to rediscover our society as brothers and sisters and to feel the we should protect each other.

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