.- While celebrating Mass on the feast of St. Francis de Sales, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco addressed members of the media, emphasizing the importance of their task to provide for the internal and external needs of the human person.
St. Francis is the patron saint of journalists and the Catholic press.
During the Mass, which was celebrated in the studio of the RAI Italian Television Network, the cardinal, who is the president of the Italian bishops' conference, stressed that while the media can obscure and destroy, it can also âilluminate, encourage and build up the human person via the truths they convey.â
Therefore, the media have âa serious responsibilityâ in the construction of the âhome,â in a metaphorical sense. Not just the physical house, but âa place where human beings can be content and can recharge themselves in order to live.â
This âhouse,â also needs a âstreetâ to provide contrast and balance for the individual. The âstreetâ represents what goes on âout there,â but is still of interest to the person who realizes that there is a greater story to be told than just their own.
However, the âhouseâ and the âstreetâ are not enough to fulfill the human heart, continued the cardinal. âA third element, âheaven,â which consists of remembering moral values, must be acknowledged.â
The aspect of âheavenâ exists so that the âhouseâ does not become âsomething suffocating.â âIt is the Lord Jesus who opens the gates to heaven,â mused Cardinal Bagnasco.
He concluded his homily by exhorting his audience and the media to âallow yourselves to be guided by the desire to serve individuals and society.â