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Pope’s Message for World Communications Day

David Naglieri

Thursday, January 24, 2008

popebenedictteaching.jpgOn May 4, 2008 the Catholic Church will mark the 42nd World Communications Day. This occasion was created by the Second Vatican Council to provide an annual message for the Church to its people and the rest of the world. Pope John Paul II, throughout his pontificate, made his annual letter for World Communications Day an important vehicle for commenting on the growing urgency in the mass media for responsibility, transparency and the promotion of healthy values.
Pope Benedict XVI has carried on John Paul's legacy. On January 24th, the feast day of St. Francis de Sales (who is the patron saint of journalists) the Holy Father released his message for the 2008 World Communications Day. He chose as a theme “The Media: At the Crossroads between Self-Promotion and Service. Searching for the Truth in order to Share it with Others." The battle against moral relativism has been one of the hallmarks of Pope Benedict's papacy. He understands that in a culture which increasingly receives its information through television, radio, and the internet, more responsibility rests on the shoulders of media practitioners and those who help shape the thoughts and values of the masses.
In the same way terms such as "bio-ethics" have become common parlance, Benedict insists we must also include "info-ethics" in our vocabulary. Those who interpret, report and disseminate information have the same ethical responsibilities as do scientists in a laboratory, who have the potential to play God rather than respect his handiwork.
The Pope's message has much more deep insight into mass media and humanity's quest for truth.
You can read the Holy Father's message in its entirety on the Vatican's website, click HERE to link to that.

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