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Pope says truth in media serves cause of peace

Yesterday Pope John Paul II stressed the importance of the media in building a culture of peace.

Speaking to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, he outlined the top priorities for professional communicators as "making the truth ever more widely known" and "increasing solidarity within the human family".

"Truth and solidarity are two of the most effective means available for overcoming hatred, resolving conflict, and eliminating violence," he said. "The media can help in building a culture of life, a civilisation of love, and a world of peace."

Council President Archbishop John Foley said that the past year has seen "a time of bad news" for the Church in the English-speaking world particularly, referring to the sex-abuse scandal. He said that while the misdeeds of Catholic clerics do not alter the truth of the Gospel, still "some people will remain psychologically closed to the gift of the Gospel or the gift of grace, if messengers and ministers do not honor the example of Jesus." He specified that the media can best respond to the crisis through "the promotion of personal sanctity."

Catholic World News

Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Vatican council says serving truth is moral requirement of all communications (Vatican Information Service)

26 Mar 2003