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Family in Media theme for World Communications Day 2004

Pope John Paul II has chosen The Media in the Family: A Risk and a Richness as the theme of his message for World Communications Day 2004.

"The theme chosen by the Holy Father reflects his concern that the media should enrich family life and not damage it," said Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

The Vatican announced the theme on Monday. Archbishop Foley said the pope was well aware that, through the media, a global audience is able to follow his pastoral activity in Rome and his apostolic visits to countries around the world.

He said the pope also appreciated the many periodicals and programs of excellence that help educate and inspire families.

World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council, is celebrated in the United States and most other countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. In 2004 World Communications Day falls on 23 May.

Catholic News Service

World communications day 2004: "Media in the Family" (Vatican Information Service/EWTN)

2 Oct 2003