56th World Day of Social Communications

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
Naomi Archer-Roberts

Almost one year ago, in June 2021, I was privileged to spend a whole week in Rome working alongside the Dicastery for Commutation as part of their pilot year of the Faith Commutation in the Digital World Programme, aimed to equip, educate and accompany Young Adults who work or are involved in communications. Making connections with my fellow course participants, we each realised more and more that there is no set brief in order to be a 'communicator'. Each of us had specific and unique interests, shared ones of course, but massively varied at the same time. We were 16 individuals from all over the world; UK, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Italy, Peru, Spain, Canada, Philippines, Kenya, Cambodia, South Korea. There's so much more to say about that [find out what we got up to here], but the parallel I find locally is that we too are all, though geographically closer, called to varying communicative missions in our personal lives and local communities. This day is an exciting chance to reflect on how and where we communicate, building community and communion. Pope Francis speaks to this notion of dynamic oneness in his message for the 56th World Communications Day (2022), with reference to the ongoing Synod, saying:

Communion, in fact, is not the result of strategies and programmes, but is built in mutual listening between brothers and sisters. As in a choir, unity does not require uniformity, monotony, but the plurality and variety of voices, polyphony. At the same time, each voice in the choir sings while listening to the other voices and in relation to the harmony of the whole. This harmony is conceived by the composer, but its realization depends on the symphony of each and every voice.


It is with great joy that we celebrate the "the plurality and variety of voices" in our diocese and launch a mailing list which will undoubtedly help us to stay united as a "choir" of communities, sharing joy, news, updates and stories from across our beautiful diocese, bringing about communion, participation and mission. Sign up below to be part of this step forward on today, on the 56th World Day of Social Communications.

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