.- Pope John Paul II has chosen as the theme "The Communications Media: At the Service of Understanding between Peoples," for the 2005 World Communications Day.
Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, made the announcement today, stating that the theme "reflects the Pope's desire that the media contribute to an authentic dialogue and mutual comprehension among peoples, leading to understanding, to justice and to an enduring peace."
"World Communications Day," underscored Archbishop Foley, "is the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council" as outlined in the document "Inter Mirifica" of 1963. "It is celebrated in most countries, on the recommendation of the bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost" which next year is May 8.
The announcement of the theme is traditionally made on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Rafael, and Gabriel, because Saint Gabriel is the patron saint of those who work in radio. The publication of the Holy Fatherâs message for World Communications Day traditionally happens on January 24, the memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, patron of writers, to allow bishopsâ and diocesan conferences time to organize materials for the celebration of the day in May.