It is our mission as Catholics to engage with current issues and bring the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the world. On this Sunday 21 May, the Catholic Church’s 57th World Day of Social Communication, please pray for all communicators, particularly for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country, including our friends at the Universe Catholic Weekly, which from this weekend (Friday 19 May 2023) will be back in print as well as online.
The theme which the Holy Father has chosen for this World Communications Sunday is ‘Speaking with the Heart: the Truth in Love’. Pope Francis has said: ‘The call to speak with the heart, radically challenges the times in which we are living, which are so inclined towards indifference and indignation, at times even on the basis of disinformation which falsifies and exploits the truth.’ This theme is taken from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 4:13-32 is particularly relevant today, and so is worth reading in context as it explains that only by speaking truth in love, will we become ‘fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. Then we shall not be children any longer, or tossed one way and another and carried along by every wind of doctrine, at the mercy of all the tricks men play and their cleverness in practising deceit. If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow in all ways into Christ, who is the head by whom the whole body is fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength, for each separate part to work according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself up, in love. The new life in Christ.’
To learn about how Communications in the Diocese of Leeds can help and support YOU, please visit our website’s Communications pages:https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/communications/
You are always very welcome to email the Diocesan Director of Communications, Rowan Morton-Gledhill, via email@example.com with any of your communications-related comments or suggestions. Send her your ‘good news stories’ and photographs to reach and inspire as wide an audience as possible through publication on this website where features may also be picked up by Catholic, local, regional and national press and media.
The Universe Catholic Weekly, which is owned by one of our Diocese of Leeds parishioners, is now back in print as well as online! To have a print copy delivered to you at home, please consider subscribing via https://universecatholicweekly.co.uk/product-category/subscriptions/ – or why not ask your parish priest to subscribe for copies at the back of church…
CBCEW Resources and Prayers
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) has provided information, resources and prayers for World Communications Sunday and there will also be a second collection after Masses to support the work of communications at national level.