Theme for 2016 communications day to focus on mercy, dialogue

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September 29, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For World Communications Day 2016, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Communication and Mercy: A fruitful encounter.”

As the church celebrates the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8, the pope also wanted to invite deeper reflection on the link between communication and mercy, said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Vatican announced the theme Sept. 29.

“The theme highlights the capacity of good communication to open up a space for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation, thereby allowing fruitful human encounters to flourish,” the statement said.

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