Department for Communications

World Communications Day

World Communications Day

World Communications Day 2023 will be celebrated on Sunday 21 May.

The Pope’s Message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications 2023 was released on 24 January, the Feast of St Francis de Sales, patron saint of Catholis writers and journalists. This year’s theme is “Listen with the ear of the heart.”. The message urges communicators to communicate cordially and never pursue hostile communications.

Speaking with the heart. “The truth in love” (Eph 4: 15)

Touching even the most hardened hearts

In a world that “so inclined towards indifference and indignation, at times even on the basis of disinformation which falsifies and exploits the truth,” the Pope says it is particularly important there is space for proclaiming the truth, “even if at times it is uncomfortable.”

The Pope calls for words capable of doing good for others and of touching even the “most hardened of hearts.”

He exhorts communicators, even in our dramatic global climate, to convey the “gentle strength of love.”

While the message is primarily geared toward those working in communications, the Pope highlighted that everyone has the responsibility to communicate “with an open heart and arms.”

The above extracts were originally published by Vatican News on 24 January 2023: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2023-01/pope-francis-world-social-communications-day-message.html.


Further information and resources are available through Bishops’ Conference website.


World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (“Inter Mirifica“, 1963), is marked in most countries, on the recommendation of the Bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost.