'The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people,' Pope Francis said in his message for World Communications Day, reports the Catholic News Service.
Modern means of communication, especially the Internet, offer 'immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity,' he said. Because of that, he said, the Internet is 'a gift from God'.
'Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter' is the theme of this year's World Communications Day, which most dioceses will mark June 1, the Sunday before Pentecost. (Australia marks World Communications Day in late May.)
'Good communication helps us grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately to grow in unity,' the Pope said.
'The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another. A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive.'
Good communicators must take the time necessary to listen to others and, more than just tolerate, truly accept them, he said.
Pope Francis calls internet a 'gift from God' (news.com.au)