Loading
Pope Benedict asks Catholic press to keep flame of hope lit
Members of the Catholic media participate in the Catholic Press Congress in Rome
Members of the Catholic media participate in the Catholic Press Congress in Rome
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Noting the influence of media on perception of reality in an ever developing world, the Holy Father on Thursday called Catholic communications experts to base their efforts in the truth of the Word of God. The "Word," he said, continues to be the "fundamental and ... essential instrument of communication."

The Holy Father met with participants on the final day of this week's Catholic Press Congress promoted by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The conference has examined the place of the Church in the digital age, inviting Catholic communications professionals from all over the world to the Vatican to share their experiences.

Benedict XVI spoke of two aspects concerning Catholics working in the media: the nature of the press in a globalized era marked by changing technologies and how Catholic publications should strive to remain “explicitly and substantially” faithful to Church teaching by daily committing to follow the path of truth.

"Catholic journalists must seek the truth with impassioned minds and hearts", he explained, "but also with the professionalism of competent workers equipped with adequate and efficient means.” This is more important than ever today, he said, as the idea of "image" is becoming increasingly important.

Explaining that there are positive aspects of putting increased importance on promoting "image" through new technologies, he said that it can also result in a detachment from reality, thus "giving life to a virtual world, with various consequences."

The first among these, he continued, is the "risk of indifference towards what is real," that "technologies and the progress they bring can render the true and the false interchangeable, they can lead to a confusion between real and virtual."

This can lead to a perspective of seeing the events, regardless of nature, as mere spectacle and not as occasions for reflection, he noted. In this case, the Pope said, the "search for ways for an authentic promotion of man passes then to the second plane, because the event is presented mainly to arouse emotions.

"These aspects resound as an alarm bell: they invite consideration of the danger that the virtual may distance (one) from the reality and might not stimulate the search for 'the true,' the truth."

"In this context, the Catholic press is called, in a new way, to give full expression to its potential and, day by day, to give the reasons for its indispensable mission."

Reflecting on how Christianity shares a "fundamental structure with communication: the fact that the means and the message coincide,” Pope Benedict said that this facilitates the mission of the Catholic media. "Indeed," he said, "the Son of God, the Word incarnate, is, at one and the same time, the message of salvation and the means though which salvation is achieved. This is not a mere concept but a reality accessible to everyone".

The "Word" continues to be the "fundamental and ... essential instrument of communication."

Saying that people who work in the Catholic press must "always put God at the top of their scale of values," if they do not wish to be just a 'clanging cymbal,' he told them that their task is "that of helping modern man to turn to Christ, the one Savior, and to keep the flame of hope alight in the world, so as to live worthily today and to adequately build the future.

"For this reason," he concluded, "I exhort you to constantly renew your personal choice for Christ, drawing on those spiritual resources which, though undervalued by the modern mentality, remain valuable, indeed, indispensable."

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
25

Liturgical Calendar

October 25, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 4: 7-16
Gospel:: Lk 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/25/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Homily
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14