|Vatican||POPE SPEAKS OUT FOR LOCAL MEDIA|
In the face of the Internet and global conglomerates, Pope John Paul II on Friday emphasised the role of the media in the transmission of ethical values, and the dignity of local information.
He made to comments to 300 participants in a congress organized by Corallo (the consortium of Italian independent local radio and television channels), which is addressing the topic, "Identity and Globalisation."
John Paul II affirmed that "communication has become the soul which shapes the culture of our time." Precisely because of this, "the soul cannot ignore its own responsibilities in relation to the meaning and value of life. Sometimes, communication runs the risk of covering the void, the poverty of the message and the absence of valid ethical references with the impetuosity of pictures and sounds."
Zenit 11:32am 31/5/99