To mark World Communications Day, Pope Benedict has chosen the theme Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age as the core of his message for this year.
In his message, the Pope says that the emergence of the internet as a network for communication is like the Industrial Revolution that brought about a profound transformation in society with modifications in cycles of production and the lives of workers. "So today, the radical changes taking place in communications are guiding significant cultural and social developments. The new technologies are not only changing the way we communicate, but communication itself, so much so that it could be said that we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation.” "This means of spreading information and knowledge is giving birth to a new way of learning and thinking, with unprecedented opportunities for establishing relationships and building fellowship,” states the Pope.
The Pope explains that there is, “a Christian way of being present in the digital world” and this is communicating in a way that is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. “To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically,” states the Pope.