‘Fear not, for I am with you” (Is, 43:5): communicating hope and trust in our time’ is the theme of the next World Day of Social Communications, set for 28 May 2017.
In a statement released today, the Secretariat for Communication
writes that “Numbness of conscience or letting desperation get the
better of us are two possible ‘diseases’ that our current communication
system can cause.
“It is possible that our conscience is cauterised, as Pope Francis comments in Laudato si’,
as a result of the fact that often professionals, opinion leaders and
means of communication work in urban areas distant from places of
poverty and need, and their physical distance often leads them to ignore
the complexity of the dramas faced by men and women.
“Desperation is possible, instead, when communication is emphasised
and transformed into spectacle, at times becoming a genuine strategy for
constructing present dangers and looming fears.
“But in the midst of this tumult a whisper is heard: ‘Fear not, for I
am with you’. In His Son, God expresses his solidarity with every human
situation and revealed that we are not alone, because we have a Father
Who does not forget His children. Those who live united with Christ
discover that even darkness and death become, for those who so wish, a
place for communion with Light and Life. In every event, they try to
discover what is happening between God and humanity, to recognise how He
too, through the dramatic scenario of this world, is writing the
history of salvation. We Christians have ‘good news’ to tell, because we
contemplate trustfully the prospect of the Kingdom. The Theme of the next World Day of Social Communications is
an invitation to tell the history of the world and the histories of men
and women in accordance with the logic of the “good news” that reminds
us that God never ceases to be a Father in any situation or with regard
to any man. Let us learn to communicate trust and hope for history.