Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – �The
media: at the Crossroads between
activism and service. Seeking the Truth in order to share it with
others”, is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 42nd World
Communications Day. In a communique released today Archbishop Claudio
Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications, writes that such a theme “calls on us to reflect on the role played by the media and especially the increasing risk of their
becoming self-absorbed and no longer tools at the service of truth –
something which is meant to be sought and shared.” The Pontifical
Council for Social Communications, prepares study documentation and a
liturgical support on the theme to be distributed to Bishops’
Conferences and international Catholic media organisations.
In many countries, World Communications Day, the only world day
established by Vatican II (Inter Mirifica, 1963) – says the communique
issued by the Holy See Press Office, is celebrated as suggested by
Bishops all over the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost, 4 May in
2008. The Pope’s Message for World Communications Day is traditionally
made public on 24 January, the feast of St Francis de Sales, patron
saint of journalists.
“Seeking the Truth in order to share it
with others” is not exactly the first thing I think of when I think
about modern journalism. Though it is the first thing we
should think of for anybody involved in any forms of communication.