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Pope’s theme for World Communications Day focuses on sharing hope

In a world where so much bad news can anesthetise people or lead them to despair, the media cannot and should not ignore ‘good news’ stories, stories which Christians see as a reflection of the greater news that God is a loving father, a Vatican office said.

For World Communications Day 2017, Pope Francis has chosen the theme: ‘’Fear not, for I am with you.’ Communicating hope and trust in our time’.

The Vatican announced the theme on 26th September. Most dioceses will mark World Communications Day on 28th May, the Sunday before Pentecost. The full message was expected to be released on 24th January, the feast of St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.

The words from the Book of Isaiah, “Fear not, for I am with you,” are words believers hear whispered in the midst of the world’s tumult, said a statement from the Vatican Secretariat for Communications explaining the theme.

The words encourage people to search for and identify the ways God is working in the world, the statement said.