Each year the Holy Father writes a special message for the World Communication Day. This year on 23rd January Pope Francis released a World Communication Day message titled, “‘Come and See’ (Jn 1:46). Communicating by Encountering People Where and as They Are”.
The year 2021 marks 50 years since the publication of the pastoral instruction Communio et Progressio. This pastoral instruction was prepared to explain the exact application of the decree Inter Mirifica of the Second Vatican Council. The following are covered by this pastoral instruction: doctrinal principles; contribution of the communications media to human progress; training of recipients and communicators; opportunities and obligations of both; co-operation between citizens and civil authorities; collaboration among all believers and men of good will; the commitment of Catholics in the media; public opinion and closer communication in the life of the Church; activity of Catholics in the field of writing, movies, radio, and television, the theater, equipment, personnel, and organization; urgency of the need because forces other than Catholic or Christian are coming to dominate the media.
In order to commemorate the 50 years of the publication of the Pastoral Instruction, Communio et Progressio (May 23, 1971), this Dicastery has planned a special webinar on the 21 of May 2021, from 2.30 to 4.30 pm CEST, with a series of reflections on the theme.
The Dicastery has enlisted has enlisted reflections of the following people for the webinar:
Fabio PASQUALETTI, Salesian Pontifical University with the theme, “From social to digital communication. Educational and social implications”.
Daniella ZSUPAN-JEROME, Saint John’s University School of Theology, Collegeville MN with the theme, “Listening, Dialogue and Truth: A Spirituality of Communication for Digital Culture”.
Sr Nathalie BECQUART, Synod of Bishops, with the theme, “Educating young people in and to the digital environment: issues and challenges”.
An inspirational video will also be shown with the title, ““Faith Communication in the Digital World” There will also be a discussion: Anthony LE DUC (Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication); Michael UNLAND (CAMECO); Walter IHEJIRIKA (Signis Africa); Cristina MONTOYA (Sophia University Institute). The discussion will be moderated by Nataša GOVEKAR, the Theological-Pastoral Director of the Dicastery for Communication.
For more on the webinar click here Webinar for 50 Years of Communio et Progressio