CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 February 2017

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Reject prejudice pope tells media

VATICAN (UCAN): Pope Francis says in his message for World Communications Day that at a time when the media seem to feed on a vicious cycle of anxiety and a spiral of fear, Christians should respond with honest stories that identify the problems and name the evil, but also inspire real solutions.

“Every new tragedy that occurs in world history can also become a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way to draw near and to raise up sympathetic hearts, resolute faces and hands ready to build anew,” the pope says.

Following a long tradition, his message was released on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. However, the Vatican and most dioceses mark World Communications Day May 28, the Sunday before Pentecost.

The pope chose, Fear not, for I am with you. Communicating Hope and Trust in Our Time, as the theme for the 2017 commemoration.

In a letter to directors and editors-in-chief of a variety of media outlets, Monsignor Dario Vigano, the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, called for a discussion and debate on the pope’s message and particularly his call for “constructive forms of communication that reject prejudice toward others and foster a culture of encounter, helping all of us to view the world around us with realism and trust.”

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