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‘Christian Journalists Should Be Bearers of Hope’ – Pope Francis

The media has the responsibility to "see the world with tenderness," the Pope says.

Christian journalists must be the bearer of hope and confidence in the future, so that the present becomes liveable.

This is what Pope Francis reminded the 30 representatives of Tertio—a Belgian weekly magazine that analyses current events and interprets them from a Catholic perspective. The reminder was said during one of the Pope’s audiences, in which he emphasized the “high professional conscience” of a Christian Journalist. (Read: Fake news endangers lives more than COVID-19, and each of us can fix it)

Pope Francis said that journalists are called to offer a new witness in the world of communication without concealing the truth or manipulating information. He also stressed that a human narrative is needed to speak about the beauty that dwells within us, despite the confusion of voices and messages surrounding everyone.

Calling journalists as the “protagonists” of this narration, Pope Francis reiterated a the media’s important job of looking at the world and events with tenderness, and how all are part of a living fabric in which we are all interconnected.

Pope Francis addressing representaives of the Belgian weekly “Tertio.” (Photo from Vatican News)

Sowers of Hope

This is especially needed, the Pope said, during the current pandemic, where Christian journalists are called to be the “sowers of this hope in a better tomorrow.”

Through this, the media can help people who are suffering from loneliness and be the messengers of comforting words during this challenging time. (Read: 3 Ways to Support a Friend Who Tested Positive for COVID-19)

Tertio is established in 2000 and takes its name from the 1994 Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente of Saint Pope John Paul II, in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

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