Pope Francis has chosen ‘Listen’ as the theme for the 2022 World Day of Communications. Announcing the theme on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels, the Vatican said, “In the search for truth, Catholic communicators must learn how to listen above all else.”
The World Communications Day is the only world level celebration established by the Vatican II, and has been continually observed since 1967. The message of the Pope sets the agenda for reflections and a variety of activities across the world throughout the year. The 2022 World Day will be the 56th, and the nineth during the pontificate of Pope Francis.
The statement on the theme said: "The pandemic has struck and wounded everyone, and everyone needs to be heard and comforted. Listening is also fundamental for good information."
The full text of the Pope’s message is traditionally issued on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. The Day is celebrated on Ascension Sunday every year. In 2022, it falls on May 29. However, local churches are free to choose any other day to observe the event.
The pope's theme is based on the words of the Gospel of Luke, "take care, then, how you listen." Importance of listening is a favourite theme in the teachings of Pope Francis. In the 2021 message he stressed the importance of ‘come and see.’
The search for truth, the Vatican statement said, "begins with listening" as does "bearing witness through social communications media."
The statement said, in order to grow professionally communicators too need to listen a great deal as every dialogue, every relationship begins with listening.
"In this time, when the whole church is invited to listen in order to learn to be a synodal church, we are all invited to rediscover listening as essential for good communication," the statement added.- Fr. George Plathottam, sdb | RVA News