Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


World Communications Day 2017

World Communications Day 2017 is celebrated on Sunday 28 May.

The theme is 'Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time' and its inspiration comes from Scripture - Isaiah 43:5 "Fear not, for I am with you."


The Holy Father's message for World Communications Day is traditionally published in conjunction with the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers (January 24).

This year's full announcement can be read here.

World Communications Sunday takes place on 28 May 2017, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. It reflects his mandate that we should “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good news”.

On this day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in the field of Communications. A particular intention for prayer is for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country through the Catholic Communications Network (CCN).

CCN is the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and seeks to support the Bishops in their role as teachers both of the Catholic community and the wider world. The office is the central point for media enquiries and is a key resource for national and international media professionals. It also plays an important role in developing the public profile of the Church through word and image, online and offline. In addition to this, CCN work on carefully selected proactive campaigns to promote the Catholic Faith in public life such as The Art of Dying Well.

A Prayer for World Communications Day is now available and can be downloaded by parishes to distribute within their communities.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols tell us why it's important we support the Bishops work in the important area of communications.

Please help us continue this work through contributing generously to the collection on the day. If you wish to donate online, you can do so by visiting the Catholic News website.

World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council ("Inter Mirifica", 1963), is marked in most countries, on the recommendation of the Bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost.