World Communications Day is a celebration of global social communications and was born out of the Second Vatican Council in 1963 (Inter Mirifica). It will be celebrated on 31 May 2009. This year’s message is being communicated virally to young people across the world. The Holy Father invites young people in particular “to introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives”.
Father Robert King, Catholic Chaplain at the University of Bristol and a regular on radio programmes and other media welcomed the new YouTube channel. He said: “Throughout the ages the Church has responded to the call to be the prophetic voice of Christ by using the media of each generation and culture. From apostolic times to today, the Church has been bold and innovative in proclaiming the Gospel. “At a time of mass communications, the possibilities are many. Pope Benedict’s use of YouTube and his call to announce the Gospel with enthusiasm reflects the Church’s continued engagement with the world in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Amen to that and I hope in this diocese we will continue to use these techologies as a gift both in sharing the Good News with all and at the service of all humanity especially the poor and the marginalised.