Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


World Communications Day 2018

World Communications Day 2018 is celebrated on Sunday 13 May.

This year's theme is "The truth will set you free." (Jn 8:32) "Fake news and journalism for peace."


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 13 May 2018, 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. There are some simple resources for parishes and individuals to download so you can reflect and pray on the day.

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.