RADIO VATICANA REPORT:
Pope Benedict XVI marked
World Day for Social Communications. In comments after his Regina Caeli address
he said: “Today we celebrate the World Day of Social Communications, on the
theme "Silence and Word: a path of evangelisation.” Silence is an integral part
of communication, it is a privileged place of encounter with the Word of God and
our brothers and sisters. I invite all to pray so that communications, in all
forms, always serve to establish a genuine dialogue with others, founded on
mutual respect, listening and sharing”.
The theme for the 46th World Day
for Social Communications was released earlier in January on the feast of St
Francis de Sales, patron saint of Catholic journalists.
In the message,
the value of silence is presented, not as a simple antidote to the constant flow
of information which characterises today’s society, but as an essential tool to
help us understand and welcome the Word of God into our lives.
reflection on this theme, Archbishop Claudio Celli, President of the Pontifical
Council for Social Communications, says since silence favours habits of
discernment and reflection, we ought not to think in terms of a dualism, but in
terms of the complementary nature of silence and words, which, when they are
held in balance, serve to enrich the value of communication and make it a key
factor in the service of the new evangelisationSOURCE: RADIO VATICANA
Many Members of the Canadian Parliament were in attendence. One MP Stephen Woodworth, called for a Parliament Motion-312 to redefine a human being to include those in the womb.
There were many Catholic Hierarchy in attendance including Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, Archbishop Terrence Prendergrast, Primate Cyprian Lacroix, Bishop Nicholas De Angelis, Bishop Noel Simard, Bishop Michael Mulhall and others. Also in attendence was the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada president Bruce Clemenger. There were three Masses held in the Cathedral, St. Patrick's and another parish.