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58th World Day of Social Communications

Today, we celebrate the 58th World Day of Social Communications. Pope Francis has addressed the theme of communication to honour this day in his message titled, “Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully Human Communication.” The Holy Father highlights the need to integrate technology with wisdom and spirituality. He encourages us to approach the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence with a spiritual perspective, considering the impact on humanity and our ability to remain fully human.

His message also underscores the profound impact of digital communication in our interconnected world. He acknowledges the positive aspects of social media, such as fostering global connections and facilitating dialogue. However, the Pope Francis also highlights the urgent need for responsible and ethical engagement rooted in truth. In an era where misinformation spreads rapidly, he calls on users to verify information before sharing it, and to strive for accuracy in our online interactions.

The Holy Father also reminds us that every person has inherent dignity. Social media platforms can sometimes become breeding grounds for negativity, polarization, and dehumanization. Instead, he encourages users to treat one another with respect and empathy. Our words matter, and they should reflect the love and compassion that Christ taught us.

Pope Francis envisions social media as a tool for building bridges and engaging in meaningful dialogue, seeking common ground even amidst differing opinions. Rather than perpetuating divisions, we should use digital platforms to foster understanding and unity genuine encounters.

As we reflect on World Communications Day, let us embrace both technological progress and the wisdom of the heart, seeking a balance that serves the common good and fosters genuine human connection.

To read the full message, please visit: Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 58th World Day of Social Communications

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