Vatican     ARCHBISHOP HAILS JOURNALISTS' SOUL-SEARCHING AFTER AOL MERGER
The Vatican's top media official hailed evidence of professional soul-searching by many US journalists after the announced merger of America Online and Time Warner.
   Given the media's huge impact in shaping public opinion, all press organs must continually ask themselves about the objectivity of their reporting, said US Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
   Objectivity is a "question which is always important, but which becomes even more critical as the concentration of power in the media becomes ever greater," he said.
   The archbishop made his remarks last Friday to the Croatian Association of Catholic Journalists meeting in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. His speech text was distributed to journalists in Rome.
   
CNS 10/2/00

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