On the occasion of World Communications Day on Ascension Sunday, which falls on May 29th, 2022, Pope Francis message this year is about listening to hearts. The Holy Father invites all of us to consider how listening - sincere and deep - can have a profound and positive impact on every part of our lives, our interactions with others, and the way we pray.
The mainstream Catholic audience is still hungry for good writing, clear thinking, truthful information and support, journalist and scholar Francis X. Meyer said in an address to Catholic journalists. That is why the call of Pope Francis, in tune with the synodal path of the Church, cannot but encourage us to start from the inside.
The title of this year message encourages us to consider that listening involves more than just hearing. True listening is the foundation of a sincere relationship and the foundation of the relationship between God and humanity. The Pope, quoting the Apostle Paul, remarked that faith comes through hearing. In fact, he observed, listening corresponds to the humble style of God, who reveals himself by speaking, and by listening to men and women, recognizes them as his partners in dialogue. People, in turn, are called to tune in, to be ready to listen, as God calls them to the covenant of love. In essence, the Pope said: Listening is the dimension of love.
Thus, the ability to listen is the first essential component of dialogue and good communication. Communication will not take place unless there is a hearing, and without good listening, there is no good journalism. To give solid, balanced and complete information, you need to listen for a long time. To report an event or describe an experience in the news, it is important to be able to listen, to be ready to change your mind, to change your initial assumptions.