On the 50th World Communications Day, His Holiness Pope Francis invited all to reflect on the relationship between communications and mercy. He said, “What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication and it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communications will be touched by God’s own power.”
The Church has a mission to touch the hearts of the people, sustain them on their journey and make Jesus known to them through words and actions. Thus communication in all forms, be it by Emails, text messages, social networks, chats, etc. becomes an effective way of enriching society and building peace and harmony. We live in a material world which is also a digital world. By using digital technology we can bring geographical boundaries closer. Church communication is always meant to make Jesus known to individuals, families and communities. It is meant to inspire people to rediscover the power of mercy and to heal wounded relationships, just as Jesus did.
A digital network in the church, when used wisely, can facilitate relationship and promote the good of society. It can help us to understand one another better and eliminate every close-mindedness and disrespect. Open sharing about the works of Christ can inspire others to embrace the same Christ. Thus the power of communication is to encounter Christ and to build bridges of love among people.
Fr. Olavo Caiado
Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media