Pope Francis on Sunday, May 21, expressed his gratitude to journalists and communication professionals for their work “at the service of the truth.”
The Catholic Church celebrated World Communications Day on Sunday with the theme “Speaking with the heart.”
“It is the heart that moves us toward open and receptive communication,” said the pope at the end of his weekly Regina Caeli prayer and address over the weekend.
“I hope that they might always work at the service of the truth and for the common good,” he said. “A round of applause for all the journalists!” added the pontiff.
Each year, the Vatican, and many dioceses around the world mark World Communications Day on the Sunday before Pentecost.
The first World Communications Day was observed on May 7, 1967, under the pontificate of Saint Pope Paul VI, who drew attention to the communications media and its enormous potential for cultural transformation.