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“Fear not, for I am with you. Communicate hope and faith in our time. “This is the topic – inspired by verse 5 of chapter 43 of the book of the prophet Isaiah, chosen by Pope Francis for the 51st World Communications Day, which will be celebrated on May 28, 2017.

“Anesthetize consciousness or get caught up in despair are two possible diseases to which can lead the current communication system. It is possible that the consciousness is manured, as recalled by Pope Francis in Praised Be, due to the fact that often professionals, opinion leaders and the media operating in urban areas, away from the places of poverty and needs, living a physical distance that often leads to ignoring the complexity of the tragedies of men and women.” That is what we read in the press commenting on the issue, published by the Secretariat for Communication.

“Despair is possible – he continues – when communication is emphasized and spectacularized, sometimes becoming a real strategy of building close and dangers looming fears. But in the midst of this hubbub is heard a whisper: ‘Fear not, for I am with you’. In his Son, God has made in solidarity with every human situation and revealed that we are not alone, because we have a Father who does not forget his children. Those who live united to Christ, turns out that even the darkness and death become, for anyone who cares, the place of communion with Light and Life. In any situation, they try to find out what happens between God and humanity, to recognize that he himself, through the tragic scenery of this world, is writing the history of salvation”.

“We Christians – said the statement published by the Secretariat for Communication – have some ‘good news’, because we contemplate with faith the horizon of the Kingdom. The theme of the next World Communications Day is an invitation to tell the story of the world and the stories of men and women, according to the logic of ‘good news’ which reminds us that God never gives up on being the Father, in any situation and towards every man. We learn to communicate confidence and hope for history”.

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