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Pope calls on all to communicate the power of Mercy at the 50th World Day of Social Communications

2016-01-22

In this Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis plans on communicating with Mercy for the propose of "building  bridges between people, families, social groups and peoples.

It is the core message for the 50th World Day of Social Communications which was held at the Vatican. 

MSGR. DARIO VIGANO
Prefect, Secretariat for Communications
"The Day of Social Communications is the only one immediately instituted by the Second Vatican Council, through the Mirifica document from 1963. to support the local Church. In short, to turn a light on this question of communication. It is a central theme."

Pope Francis invites all to reflect on the relationship between Mercy and communication. He explains that "what we say and how we say it,every word and every gesture should express compassion, tenderness and forgiveness of God for all.

MSGR. DARIO VIGANO
Prefect, Secretariat for Communications
"We must move from hearing to actually listening. This is how a communicator should act. Because this form of communication  uses the vocabulary of mercy by knowing how to use the words of encounter, the words of closeness, the proximity of words. In short, Jesus' words are words of welcome.”

The Pope calls for a collective for individual responsibility when communicating. This is why  he asks for Mercy. For example, when receiving people. He says the "harsh and moralistic words and gestures run the risk of hindering those who would like to lead to conversion and freedom."

To institutions, politicians and responsible for forming public opinion, to remain especially attentive to the way they speak of those who think or act differently. Do not yield to the temptation to exploit such situations to stoke "the flames of mistrust, fear and hatred.”

Pope Francis also said that social networks can be "a meeting place” from which to create "a healthy and open society." Finally, he reminds us that communication is a gift and a great responsibility and that in a world divided, communication with Mercy involves promoting proximity between people.


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