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Foley says 'bad examples' biggest hurdle for evangelisation

The greatest barrier to evangelisation is not an inadequate use of the media but rather the bad example given by some Catholics, according to the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications Archbishop John P. Foley.

The Archbishop was addressing more than 200 Catholic media representatives at the New Evangelization of the Americas conference last Friday.

Archbishop Foley challenged the Catholic media to focus on good news while not feeling down about the bad news often printed by the secular press, especially over the past year in his native USA.

He acknowledged that this is not an easy task for the Catholic media.

"Ironically, the good news about the church is more likely to be believed when it is made known through the secular media, first, because they are viewed as not having a vested interest in telling such good news and, second, because they are better known for having published so much bad news," he said.

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