By Jim Fair

After praying the Regina Caeli on May 24, 2020, Pope Francis reminded listeners around the world that it is World Day of Social Communications.

“Observed today is the World Day of Social Communications, dedicated this year to the subject of narration,” the ope said. “May this event be able to encourage us to recount and share constructive stories, which help us to understand that we are all part of a greater story than ourselves and that we can look to the future with hope if we really take care of one another as brothers.”

In his message for the day published in January, he stressed the importance of collecting and telling stories, especially by the young and old in dialogue: “That you may tell your children and grandchildren.”

“I would like to devote this year’s message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories,” the Pope said in his message. “Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together.

“Amid the cacophony of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us. A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze. A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry. A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another.”

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