Celebrating the 54th World Communications Day — May 24, 2020

This year, Pope Francis has devoted his Communications Sunday message to storytelling. He stresses on the importance of good stories - stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together.

May 24, 2020

“That you may tell your children and grandchildren” (Ex 10:2) Life becomes history

This year, Pope Francis has devoted his Communications Sunday message to storytelling. He stresses on the importance of good stories - stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together.

However, it is not a matter of simply telling stories as such, or of advertising ourselves but, rather, of remembering who and what we are in God’s eyes, bearing witness to what the Spirit writes in our hearts and revealing to everyone that his or her story contains marvellous things.

On this article, we feature how the various arch/dioceses are telling stories.

Read Pope Francis’ full message on World Communications Day here.

Diocese of Sandakan
Due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) by the Malaysian Government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, St Mary’s Cathedral took the initiative to launch a series of hour-long radio broadcasts beginning April 27, 2020.

Parish Priest Fr David A. Garaman said the radio broadcasts are intended to reach those who cannot watch live streamed Holy Mass.


The broadcast contains spiritual input such as morning praise and worship songs, gospel readings and short gospel reflections and prayers. Daily scripture readings and reflections are given in Bahasa Malaysia and English. Fr David hopes that Chinese segments would be broadcast later as well.

‘Casual’  slots (slot santai) are also included between spiritual songs to give opportunity for people to send their wishes to their loved ones. Listeners are encouraged to compose spiritual songs or sing covers for the radio programme.

The broadcasts will continue until the end of the MCO or  according to current needs and circumstances.  The broadcasts can be followed from Monday to Friday, 9.00 am - 10.00 am.

Please click: bit.ly/themariansfm


Diocese of Keningau
A blessing will be imparted to all media practitioners through their media gadgets before the final blessing at the livestreamed weekend Masses.

Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu 
Through its diocesan newspaper Catholic Sabah, members of the media have been invited to share their reflections on the 2020 Communications Sunday message.

Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
Due to the Movement Control Order, no gatherings are allowed.

Hence, many enterprising individuals have worked together to make their presence felt in the virtual world and help everyone to tell their stories of faith. Among the sites are:

-- Catholics@home A Malaysian Podcast for you and your family as we discuss daily issues and trending topics from a Catholic perspective.

-- Jamming4 Jesus Under Catholics@ home, this initiative aims at bringing together musicians to praise God, for he is our life and our strength.

-- Latte with Jesus Streamed live by the Community Action Network (CAN), Latte With Jesus is a new series started by CAN to talk about faith under today’s MCO environment. 

-- 2 minutes with Jesus An invitation to spend just two minutes a day with a community praying about the simplest things — literally anything and/or everything.

Archdiocese of Singapore
“Jesus used parables and stories to convey God’s love and mercy. These were the instruments that helped many come to know of a Father who loves them intimately. Do you believe that He can use yours too?,”Archbishop William Goh asks in a video clip which has been posted on social media.


Your story is like no other that exists.

Make an impact in someone’s life today. Be the messenger that God has called you to be. Share your story.

Singaporeans have been urged to post their God-encounter on their social media accounts and to  #WCDweavingstories and tag  @catholic.sg! They are also encouraged to tag their friends to share their stories too.


A ZOOM webinar was held on May 23 which was open to all communicators! Writers, Journalists, Photographers, Videographers, Editors, Artists, Marketers, People in Radio and TV, PR and Communications Professionals, Volunteers and Enthusiasts! Everyone has a story.

Discover the art of #weavingstories through with God, as we bear witness to the marvellous things that the Holy Spirit has written in our hearts.



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