World Communications Day

It is a day dedicated to prayer for the work of communications professionals across the world. Today’s second collection supports the work of the Catholic Communications Network which supports the Bishops of England and Wales in promoting the Gospel in the media.

On this World Communication Day, I am delighted that Pope Benedict is encouraging priests to get involved in “communication technology.”  The Pope’s Message for this year ties in with the Church’s “Year for Priests”, that runs until June 2010, and is entitled: The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word. Pope Benedict calls for priests to discover new digital possibilities to proclaim the Word of God and carry out their ministry.

“Using new communication technologies, priests can introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ. They will best achieve this aim if they learn, from the time of their formation, how to use these technologies in a competent and appropriate way, shaped by sound theological insights and reflecting a strong priestly spirituality grounded in constant dialogue with the Lord. Yet priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ. This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

Pope Benedict XVI

Thank you for your encouragement, Holy Father, I am very new to this but I am trying my best. You will be pleased to know that I even managed to post a video promoting your forthcoming visit to the United Kingdom.

Fr Lawrence Jones