World Communications Day 2020

World Communications Day 2020 falls on 24 May as much of the world remains in lockdown as we attempt to recover from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The way we communicate in situations of self-isolation and separation has shifted from hand shaking, hugging and close contact to encounters though phone, tablet and computer screens. The virtual has replaced the physical.

Coronavirus has had a profound impact on our prayer and worship. We are currently unable to pray in our churches. As lockdown eases we will return to kneel in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

It may be second best to worshipping in church, but over 400 parishes are streaming Catholic Mass live online. Many priests have met the communications challenges brought on by the pandemic restrictions.

Pope Francis

The Pope has prayed for – and asked us to pray for – all those working in communications during the pandemic. On 1 April he invited us to pray for “those who work in the media, who work to communicate today so that people are not isolated… who help us to bear this time of isolation.”

He recognises that given a growing digital culture throughout the world, the media must become a primary platform for spreading the Gospel.

He also said: “Studying new ways and means to communicate the Gospel of mercy to all people, in the heart of different cultures, through the media that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries is something that is very much in my heart.”

Theme

The theme of the day, decided prior to the global challenge that has gripped us, is devoted to storytelling.

“That you may tell your children and grandchildren” (Ex 10:2)
Life becomes history

The Pope’s World Communications Day message focuses on storytelling, truth and who we are in God’s eyes. He looks to the Bible as “the great love story between God and humanity” with Jesus at its centre.

Printable Poster

We usually offer a simple A5 information and prayer card. This year, as we’re unable to be in our churches, you can download and print this A4 poster.

Pope's Communications Message 2020

The Pope’s World Communications Day message focuses on storytelling, truth and who we are in God’s eyes. He looks to the Bible as “the great love story between God and humanity” with Jesus at its centre.

Reflection: Life becomes history

World Communications Day 2020 is celebrated on 24 May. This reflection, by Monsignor Peter Fleetwood, was written to provide homily notes for priests but equally can be read as a thought-provoking reflection on the theme before or after the day itself.

WCD 2020 Prayers and Resources

Pray for those who work in the media who work to communicate today so that people are not so isolated... who help us to bear this time of isolation - [Pope Francis during COVID-19 pandemic]

Donate - World Communications Day 2020

On World Communications Day, we take up the command of Jesus to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.