Storytelling helps understand that we’re part of a larger story – Pope Francis

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis holds weekly general audience virtually from the Library of the Apostolic Palace due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Vatican April 15, 2020. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS

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Storytelling helps us understand that we are all part of a story that is larger than us, Pope Francis said on Sunday during the Regina Coeli pray. He recalled his message for World Communications Day on 24 May, which is dedicated to the theme of storytelling.

Pope Francis prayed that this recurrence might help us tell stories that look forward to the future with hope. He encouraged the faithful to tell and share constructive stories.

“[Stories] that help us to understand that we are all part of a story that is larger than ourselves, and can look forward to the future with hope if we truly care for one another as brothers and sisters.”

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, Dr Paolo Ruffini, released a video message, as he reflected on Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day.

He said that the sharing of one’s own experiences was the key message in Pope Francis’ message. This would allow one to build a new story in “a prospective of Redemption”.

Dr Ruffini remarked that isolation and social-distancing has taught us to rediscover that God provides a deeper communion to bind us.

“In our experience of separation, we have understood the heart of communion,” he says. “Without the ability to find unity in our experiences, there is neither wisdom nor knowledge. Everything is reduced to a list of facts without a unifying story.”

The coronavirus pandemic has also given us the chance to find the courage to build welcoming communities founded on good forms of communication, Dr Ruffini said. He maintained that communication serves to unite, not to divide. “We must give technology a transcendent dimension.”

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