October 10, 2011

Pope Benedict is asking media professionals and viewers, listeners and readers to set aside a bit of time for silence.

Announcing that the pope had chosen Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization as the theme for World Communications Day 2012, the Vatican acknowledged it initially might appear strange to ask professional wordsmiths to focus on silence, but it said silence is essential for really processing the words people hear or read.

The Catholic celebration of World Communications Day is marked in most dioceses on the feast of the Ascension, which in 2012 will be May 20.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which coordinates the observance, said silence favours discernment and reflection.