“The family is also the formation workshop for our hearts and the first cradle of synodality,” he continues in his reflection on WCD 2023 marked under the theme, “Speaking with the heart :The truth in love” (Eph 4:15).
Established in 1967 by Pope Paul VI, WCD that provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of modern means of communication is marked on the Sunday before Pentecost.
Reflecting on the theme guiding WCD 2023 celebration, Bishop Badejo says, “Speaking the truth in love always requires the help of the Holy Spirit. All who engage with Communication, to be authentic and truthful must learn to invoke the Holy Spirit for assistance and strength in their work.”
The theme, the President of CEPACS says, “continues Pope Francis’ series of messages for the past years seeking to take all of us who engage the world of media and communications into a deeper harmonization of truth, the heart and love.”
“The theme goes further to draw us to the authentic seat of the truth within man. Seeing can be deceiving and listening might be distorted but the heart is the seat of authenticity,” he says, and continues, “It is impossible to have facts more genuinely given than when they are straight from the heart, or when people speak ‘heart to heart.’”
The Nigerian Catholic Bishop who was appointed member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication in December 2021 further says, “Pope Francis urges us to harmonize communication, one of the most powerful gifts which God gave to humanity, with the truth which liberates and to do so with love.”
“It would be a most powerful gift if we do, for love conquers all and will endure as the greatest of all virtues. Truth from the heart and love are inseparable for love compels us to be truthful,” he says in reference to WCD themes during the Papacy of Pope Francis.
The 61-year-old Nigerian Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in October 2007 as Coadjutor Bishop of Oyo Diocese continues, “This kind of communication which seeks to reconcile, to heal, to restore and to bring light is what families, the Church, and the world at large today really needs today if we would eliminate the conflict, injustice, violence, and indifference destroying much of humanity today.”
“Speaking the truth in love will often come at a cost because we must do so to a world of appearances, disinformation, distortions, fake news and even falsehood, he says.
Speaking truth in love, Bishop Badejo further says, “might bring rejection, insults and even persecution but we must be reminded that this is all foreseen.”