Since the launch of the internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all.
Pope Francis invites us to reflect on our ‘being-in-relation’, and to rediscover, in the current communications context, the very human desire not to be left isolated or lonely.
While the government seek legal ways to regulate the digital world and to protect the original vision of a free, open and secure network, we all have the possibility and he responsibility to promote its positive use.
Statistics show that among young people one in four is involved in episodes of cyberbullying. To stem this phenomenon, an international Observatory for Cyberbullying Prevention will be established, with its headquarters in the Vatican.
Read the full text of the Pope’s message here: www.catholicnews.org.uk/wcd19-pope-message
The Communications Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales promotes the work of the bishops through digital communications and in the media. It supports the bishops and the Church in promoting the Gospel through digital, social, print and broadcast media, engaging in current issues. The office is the central point for media enquiries and is a key resource for national and international media professionals. It also plays an important role in developing the public profile of the Church through word and image.
The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on 2nd June in 2019, when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media and when a second collection is taken after Mass to fund this important work.
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