Church and Communication


Listen to the report about the 49th Message for World Day of Communications: Communicating the Family
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963).  The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” The World Day of Social Communications is celebrated in almost all countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. The announcement comes on the eve of 24 January, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, and the day on which the message traditionally is released.…


49th World Communications Day Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love 2015 Message of His Holiness Pope Francis The family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October.  So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications Day should have the family as its point of reference.  After all, it is in the context of the family that we first learn how to communicate.  Focusing on this context can help…
Vatican press impressed by PH reception for Pope
Manila ( — Members of the Vatican Accredited Media Personnel admitted they were impressed by the warm welcome accorded His Holiness Pope Francis by hundreds of thousands of Filipinos since yesterday. Gerard O’Connell, associate editor and Vatican correspondent for America, said it was a delightful sight to see thousands of children dancing to welcome the pope. He added he was impressed by the respect and admiration given the Successor of Peter on the second leg of his trip to Asia . “I am impressed [by] the people’s manifestation of faith,” he said.Thousands of young people performed three dance numbers for…
SIGNIS Services Rome Launches New Website
Rome ( - SIGNIS Services Rome (SSR), the pastoral and technical office of SIGNIS, is launching a new website presenting its services in the field of Internet, radio, TV, cinema, music and training: Along with the new website, SSR is introducing two new services for cinema and music. Cinema in a box is a complete system for film and video projection, all in one box including HD projector, Bluray/DVD player, audio system and widescreen. Easily transportable, it allows people to organize screenings and discussions with easy-to-use professional material. Music in a box allows artists to have a high quality…
Friar's photos of Archbishop Romero show 'humanity that lived in him'
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) - Franciscan Brother Octavio Duran captured many of the iconic images of Archbishop Oscar Romero during the final two years of the Salvadoran archbishop's life. Today, some of those pictures are being recirculated in news reports from the Vatican about Archbishop Romero's possible recognition as a martyr for the faith. The recommendation by a panel of theologians advising the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes is a key step in the sainthood cause for Archbishop Romero, an outspoken defender of the poor during his country's civil war. On Jan. 8, the panel declared that Archbishop Romero was…

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