In preparation for the 57th World Day of Social Communications (21 May 2023), an event was organized featuring Andrea Riccardi, Founder of the St. Igidio Community, in dialogue with Fr. Giulio Albanese, Director of the Social Communications Office of the Diocese of Rome. The exchange, moderated by Fabio Bolzetta, President of the Italian WebCatholics Association (WECA), took place on 19 May 2023 at LUMSA University in Rome.
Promoted by the Social Communications Office of the Diocese of Rome, the Paulines Communication and Culture Association, and the Italian WebCatholics Association (WECA), under the patronage of Communications Week, this celebration is held annually by the SSPs and FSPs on the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Communications Day, which this year is entitled, Speaking with the Heart the Truth in Love (Eph. 4:15).
Among other things, the papal Message stresses that a heart that sees can come to feel in its own heart the beating of other hearts. Then the miracle of encounter can take place, which makes us look at each other with compassion, welcoming our mutual frailties with respect.
In the light of Professor Andrea Riccardi’s ongoing efforts to bring alive the miracle of encounter, the Paulines Communications and Culture Association decided to confer on him its award for 2023, which was presented by Sr. Anna Caiazza, Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul.
The Paulines Communications and Culture Award is bestowed on media workers, filmmakers, journalists, writers, artists, priests or associations that stand out for offering the best concrete expression, through their work or activity, of the Pope’s Message for World Communications Day.