September 30, 2006

EVENTS: Worldwide observance to focus on how media influence children

Worldwide observance to focus on how media influence children 

Sep. 29 ( - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has approved a theme for the 41st World Day for Social Communications: Children and the Media: a challenge for education. The annual observance will be held May 20, 2007.

In announcing the theme for next year's observance, Archbishop John Foley, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, explained that the focus will be on helping parents and educators to understand the influence of the media on the formation of children's attitudes.

The World Day for Social Communications is an annual event, established at the recommendation of the Second Vatican Council and first observed in 1963. The date of the observance is fixed, in most countries, for the Sunday before Pentecost. Each year the Pope issues a message in advance for the occasion, which is made public on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of journalists.


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