World Communications Day 2019

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The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media.

It’s a digital world and since the launch of the internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all.

While governments seek legal ways to regulate the digital world and to protect the original vision of a free, open and secure network, we all have the possibility and the responsibility to promote its positive use.

Statistics show that among young people one in four is involved in episodes of cyberbullying. To stem this phenomenon, an International Observatory for Cyberbullying Prevention will be established, with its headquarters in the Vatican.

Pope Francis invites us to reflect on our ‘being-in-relation’, and to rediscover, in the current communications context, the very human desire not to be left isolated or lonely.

Resources

WCD19: Info Card
A PDF of the information card sent to Catholic parishes in England and Wales for the celebration of World Communications Day 2019.

Resources for the celebration of World Communications Day 2019 collected into a single MS Word document for download – background, reflection, prayers and suggested homily text.

If you want to spread the word about World Communications Day 2019, here’s some handy copy-and-paste text for newsletters and websites.

A letter from Bishop John Arnold, our Bishop for the Media, to clergy in England and Wales to mark World Communications Day 2019.

Donations

If you would like to support the work of our communications office, you can make a secure donation online:
catholicnews.org.uk/donate-wcd

Thank you very much for your kind generosity in supporting this vital work. A second collection will also be taken in Catholic parishes throughout England and Wales on Sunday 2 June.

Pope’s Message

“God is not Solitude, but Communion; because love always communicates”

Read the full text of the Pope’s message here:
catholicnews.org.uk/wcd19-pope-message

Bishops’ Communications Office

The Communications Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales promotes the work of the bishops through digital communications and in the media. It supports the bishops and the Church in promoting the Gospel through digital, social, print and broadcast media, engaging in current issues.

The office is the central point for media enquiries and is a key resource for national and international media professionals. It also plays an important role in developing the public profile of the Church through word and image.