Pope to Propose Worldwide Reflection on Media and Peace

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 24, 2002 (Zenit.org).- For the next World Communications Day, John Paul II is proposing a worldwide reflection on the role of the media in fostering peace.

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A Vatican press statement released today said that the theme for the day will be “The Communications Media at the Service of Authentic Peace in the Light of ‘Pacem in Terris.'”

“The theme chosen by the Holy Father reflects the importance of the media for the promotion of an authentic peace based on truth, justice and love, as Blessed John XXIII indicated in his famous encyclical ‘Pacem in Terris,’ written in 1963,” the statement says.

World Communications Day, the only world celebration proposed by the Second Vatican Council (in “Inter Mirifica”), is celebrated in many countries on the Sunday preceding Pentecost. Next year it will be on June 1.

The Holy Father’s message for the day will be published ahead of time, on Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis of Sales, patron of journalists.

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