Catholic media outlets in the United States are called to break down barriers that prevent dialogue and honest communication between people and communities, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.
By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS
The national motto “e pluribus unum” (“out of many, one”) can serve as an inspiration of the ideal of unity amid diversity “in an age marked by conflicts and polarisation from which the Catholic community itself is not immune,” the Pope said yesterday in a message sent to participants of the US Catholic Media Conference.
The Church, he added, needs “men and women of conviction who protect communication from all that would distort it or bend it to other purposes.”
“We need media that can help people, especially the young, to distinguish good from evil, to develop sound judgments based on a clear and unbiased presentation of the facts and to understand the importance of working for justice, social concord and respect for our common home,” he said.
The annual event, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association, was originally scheduled for June 29-July 2 in Portland, Oregon. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers opted to hold a virtual gathering for participants.
Reflecting on the conference’s theme – “Together While Apart” – the Pope said it expressed the “sense of togetherness that emerged, paradoxically, from the experience of social distancing imposed by the pandemic.”
“Indeed, the experience of these past months has shown how essential is the mission of the communications media for bringing people together, shortening distances, providing necessary information and opening minds and hearts to truth,” he said.