"Today, as much as ever, our communities count on newspapers, radio, TV and social media to share, to communicate, to inform and to unite."
"E pluribus unum – the ideal of unity amid diversity, reflected in the motto of the United States, must also inspire the service you offer to the common good. How urgently is this needed today, in an age marked by conflicts and polarization from which the Catholic community itself is not immune."
Referring to St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians, the pope urged Catholic journalists to be united.
"Media can be large or small, but in the Church these are not the categories that count. In the Church we have all been baptized in the one Spirit and made members of the one body," he said.
"As in every body, it is often the members who are smallest who, in the end, are those most necessary. So it is with the body of Christ. Each of us, wherever we find ourselves, is called to contribute, through our profession of truth in love, to the Church's growth to full maturity in Christ."
Pope Francis underlined that true communication requires more than mere professional competence.
"A true communicator dedicates himself or herself completely to the welfare of the others, at every level, from the life of each individual to the life of the entire human family," he wrote.
"We cannot truly communicate unless we become personally involved, unless we can personally attest to the truth of the message we convey. All communication has its ultimate source in the life of the triune God, who shares with us the richness of his divine life and calls us in turn to communicate that treasure to others by our unity in the service of his truth."
Noting that the Church had recently celebrated the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, he concluded: "May the spirit of communion with the Bishop of Rome, which has always been a hallmark of the Catholic press in your countries, keep all of you united in faith and resistant to fleeting cultural fads that lack the fragrance of evangelical truth."
"Let us continue to pray together for reconciliation and peace in our world."