22nd -24th January 24th International Days of Saint François de Sales

Published on 21 January 2020 - 09:45

For two years now, the Saint François de Sales Days have been hosted in Lourdes, in the hemicycle of the Saint Bernadette church. Opened this year by the rector of the Sanctuary, Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, they bring together professionals of nearly 374 30 nationalities, and offer the opportunity for unique exchanges and meetings between Catholic journalists, editors and those responsible for Church communication, under the gaze of Saint François de Sales, patron of journalists. The chosen theme, “Media and proximity”, allows everyone to reiterate the very foundations of their commitments.

Opening Mass presided by Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo

Again this year from 22nd to 24th January 2020, the Dicastery for the Communication of the Holy See, the Federation of Catholic Media and Signis  will come together to offer an exceptional line-up; Days with even more of an international dimension, thanks to speakers and participants from France and around the world offering the opportunity for unique meetings and exchanges.

On Wednesday 22nd January, participants who so wish can take part in guided tours departing from the Information Centre: The Marian sanctuary and the places in the life of Saint Bernadette around the city or The Marian sanctuary and the Cité Saint-Pierre – the thoughts of ​​Mgr. Rodhain.

Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, will preside at the opening mass. Read the programme in full.

Father Jacques Hamel Prize for Journalism in the Service of Peace

The Federation of Catholic Media has created the Father Jacques Hamel Prize, following the assassination by two Islamists of this martyred priest, in his church, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, while he was celebrating the Eucharist on 26th July 2016. This prize rewards journalistic work in the service of peace and interreligious dialogue.

Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, in the presence of Mrs. Roseline Hamel, the sister of Father Hamel, will present the “Father Jacques Hamel” Prize on Thursday 23rd January at 7:45 p.m., at the hemicycle.