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Emulate the meekness of St Francis de Sales and make disciples through communication

Boroko, Port Moresby: “As the theme for this year is ‘Speaking with the heart’, let us remind ourselves that what we communicate to others comes from the heart, therefore, it is our challenge to emulate the meekness of St Francis de Sales the patron Saint of writers and journalists and make disciples through our communication, both verbal and non-verbal”.



This was the message by Fr. John Curtis CP at St Joseph’s Parish during the 57th World Communications Day celebrations on Sunday May 21st.


The celebration had as its theme: Speaking with the Heart and was organized by the Social Communications Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNGSI.


The auspicious event in the Catholic church which also coincides with the Ascension Feast Day was well attended by the staff of CBC, student representatives, media animators, and principals from selected Catholic schools within the Archdiocese and the parishioners of St. Joseph’s.


The mass was animated by the Our Lady of Fatima Basic Christian Community (BCC) and had Fr. John Curtis CP as the principal celebrant.


In his homily, Fr. John encouraged the congregation to be good communicators in their everyday communication with God and with other Christians.


“Let us always look up to God, the first communicator whose first words during creation were: Let there be. When we open our hearts to God’s communication, we become vessels of hope, goodwill, and peace to others.”


He added that each of us is commissioned to go out and make disciples of all nations and made reference to the Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20.


“As the theme for this year is ‘Speaking with the heart’, let us remind ourselves that what we communicate to others comes from the heart, therefore, it is our challenge to emulate the meekness of St Francis de Sales the patron Saint of writers and journalists and make disciples through our communication, both verbal and non-verbal”.


The celebration concluded with a brief outside program where there was a gift presentation to the teachers as a token of appreciation to them for being communicators to the young in the schools followed by refreshments for everyone.


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