.- The new theme for the Catholic Churchâs World Social Communications Day is âSilence and Word: Path of Evangelization,â a Vatican pontifical council has announced.
Silence is not simply âan antidote to the constant and unstoppable flow of informationâ characteristic of modern society. Rather, it is necessary for the integration of that information, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said on Sept. 29.
The eventâs focus on silence is needed in light of the âextraordinarily varied natureâ of modern communications.
âSilence, precisely because it favors habits of discernment and reflection, can in fact be seen primarily as a means of welcoming the word,â the council said.
Silence and communication are complementary and can be key factors in âthe new evangelization.â
World Communications Day is celebrated in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. In 2012, it will fall on May 20. The papal message for the event is traditionally published on Jan. 24, the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers.
This yearâs theme was âTruth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.â Pope Benedict XVIâs 2011 message called for a Christian presence on social networking sites.
He said that new technologies are âgiving birth to a new way learning and thinking, with unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship.â While he warned about the dangers of creating a âparallel existenceâ and falsifying oneâs online persona, he said the wise use of technologies can help satisfy âthe desire for meaning, truth and unity.â