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Pope wants "humane spirit" to "animate" media

Pope John Paul II has encouraged cardinals, bishops and Catholic media professionals to help everyone involved in the media "animate it with 'a humane and Christian spirit.'"

Quoting from the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Instruments of Social Communication (Inter Mirifica), the Holy Father was meeting on Tuesday with members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Members of the Council, whose president is US Archbishop John P. Foley, are meeting at the Vatican this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document and to discuss a proposed document on spirituality in cinema.

Pope John Paul told council members that by infusing their work with a humane and Christian spirit "the media will be in a better position to tap their enormous potential for promoting sound human and family values and thus contributing to the renewal of society."

Pope encourages efforts to bring Christian, humane spirit to media (Catholic News Service 9/3/04)

Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Decree on the Media of Social Communications Inter Mirifica Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963
Signis: The World Catholic Association for Communication
Pope Asks That Media Be Given Guidance (Zenit 9/3/04)
Pope speaks of the 'enormous potential' of the media (Vatican Information Service/Independent Catholic News 10/3/04)
Pope encourages work in communications (Catholic World News 9/3/04)
Pontifical Council to Celebrate 40th Anniversary (Vatican Information Service 3/3/04)
Vatican II Decree "Inter Mirifica" 40 years on: Pontifical Council for Social Communications Annual Plenary Assembly (Fides 8/3/04)
Enormous potential of media for promoting sound values (Vatican Information Service 9/3/04)

11 Mar 2004