The day was established by Pope Paul VI following the Second Vatican Council and this year marks the 46th official celebration.
Each year on January 24th, the Feast of St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, the Holy Father publishes a message giving the theme of the day which, for 2012, is 'Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation'.
In his message Pope Benedict XVI says: 'Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understandwith greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves. By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested. In this way, space is created for mutual listening, and deeper human relationships become possible.'
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