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World Communications Day Message Focuses on Importance of Silence

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Pope Benedict XVI released his World Communications Day message on January 24, 2012, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of print journalists. World Communications Day is celebrated in most dioceses the Sunday before Pentecost. 

The theme of this year’s message is “Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization.” In his message, the Holy Father writes, “The relationship between silence and word: two aspects of communication which need to be kept in balance.”

He notes, “When word and silence become mutually exclusive, communication breaks down, either because it gives rise to confusion or because, on the contrary, it creates an atmosphere of coldness; when they complement one another, however, communication acquires value and meaning.”

Catholic News Service (CNS) has a video report on Pope Benedict’s message in the latest CNS video offerings, available daily on the home page of the Diocesan website. CNS also has several stories from the annual March for Life held in the nation’s capital on January 23. One story features a woman who had an abortion in the mid-70s, who discusses praying to St. Faustina for help, and who now uses her experience to assist young women who find themselves in a similar situation.

Watch CNS video stories