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COMMUNICATIONS DAY Sep-30-2013 (230 words) xxxi

Pope chooses 'encounter' as theme for World Communications Day 2014

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Pope Francis continues to talk about the importance of authentic encounters, both with God and with other people, he has chosen the topic of bringing people together for his first message for World Communications Day.

"Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter" will be the theme of the church's celebration of World Communications Day, which most dioceses will mark June 1, the Sunday before Pentecost. The pope's message for the day is expected to be released Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in a Sept. 30 announcement of the pope's choice of the theme, said it is through communication that people are able to meet and encounter others on a meaningful level and to "express who we are, what we think and believe, how we wish to live and, perhaps more importantly, to come to know those with whom we are called to live."

As globalization and improved technology make it easier for more people to communicate with each other, the council said, it is important to ensure that nobody is excluded.

World Communications Day 2014, the council said, "will explore the potential of communication, especially in a networked and connected world, to bring people closer to each other and to cooperate in the task of building a more just world."


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