EUROPE - Testimony: the first value by which the Church can and must communicate

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Glasgow (Agenzia Fides) - "In times marked by an intense individualism, where persons, with their desires and emotions, become the measure of all decisions and communications, a personal and consistent witness of one’s convictions is seemingly the most important and effective means to say who we are and what we believe in. In Church communication, testimony is, in fact, the first value by which the Church can and must communicate".
This is the conclusion of the Meeting of Bishops responsible for social communications and spokespersons of the Bishops' Conferences in Europe, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 16 to 19 November.
The final communiqué of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE), sent to Fides, notes that "any form of communication is always transmission of values", therefore "it is in the ability to create relationships, starting from listening to others, in the witness of our beliefs more than the proclamation of principles, and it is in our belief in Truth, which is Christ, that true ecclesial communications takes place". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 23/11/2016)