Book fair to celebrate ‘World Communications Day’

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VALENUELA City, May 26, 2014—The Parish of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Marulas, Valenzuela, through its Commission on Social Communications, is set to hold a book fair on June 1, Sunday, in celebration of “Catholic Communications Sunday” or “World Communications Day”.

To be held at the right-wing side of the shrine, the one-day book fair, which will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Catholic book fair will be held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Marulas, Valenzuela on June 1, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Photo:Raymond A. Sebastián)

Bookworms, especially those with a taste for Catholic spiritual, theological, and devotional works, will have a chance to pick from an impressive array of titles by known and respected Catholic authors and publishers.

World Communications Day, which coincides with the “Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord”, marks an occasion for Catholics to reflect on the need to heed Jesus’ command to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.

In Mark 16:15, which inspires the event, Jesus told his disciples, “Go into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

This year, Pope Francis had chosen “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” as theme to set the tone of the celebration.

The Vatican recognizes the key role the various media like the television, radio, and the internet, play in communicating with “the whole world”.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications noted that it is “through communication that people are able to meet and encounter others on a meaningful level”.

The council added that World Communications Day 2014 “will explore the potential of communication, especially in a networked and connected world, to bring people closer to each other and to cooperate in the task of building a more just world.” (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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