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Unpacking the 2013 World Communications Day Message

Last edited 8th May 2013

The theme for World Communications Day 2013 is "Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization". In this video, unpacks the World Communications Day Message written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Read the full text of Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the 47th World Communications Day, here:

These are the 5 keys points from the message that we address in this video:

  1. Digital social networks... are helping to create a new “agora”, an open public square in which people share ideas, information and opinions, and in which new relationships and forms of community can come into being.
  2. Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important. The digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people, especially the young.
  3. The ability to employ the new languages is required, not just to keep up with the times, but precisely in order to enable the infinite richness of the Gospel to find forms of expression capable of reaching the minds and hearts of all. In the digital environment the written word is often accompanied by images and sounds (Just like parables of Jesus).
  4. Ultimately, however, if our efforts to share the Gospel bring forth good fruit, it is always because of the power of the word of God itself to touch hearts, prior to any of our own efforts. Trust in the power of God’s work must always be greater than any confidence we place in human means.
  5. In our effort to make the Gospel present in the digital world, we can invite people to come together for prayer or liturgical celebrations in specific places such as churches and chapels. There should be no lack of coherence or unity in the expression of our faith and witness to the Gospel in whatever reality we are called to live, whether physical or digital.

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