The media and the field of communications need to exercise more kindness and share the truth with charity, Pope Francis said.
Catholic communicators need to use extra care and educational efforts to combat a situation where some media “become places of toxicity, hate speech and fake news,” Pope Francis said.
Catholic communicators must help provide correct and truthful information about COVID-19 and its vaccines and do so in a way that avoids oversimplification and creating conflict, Pope Francis said.
Honoring two reporters who have covered the Vatican for more than 40 years, Pope Francis paid tribute to all journalists who work to explain what is going on in the world and “make it less obscure.”
Calling him a “true leader in journalism,” Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presented the St. Francis de Sales Distinguished Communicator Award to local journalist Errol Louis. Bishop DiMarzio bestowed the award, which recognizes an individual who has made exemplary contributions in the communications field, during a virtual event on May 26.
In the age of instant communications and fake news, journalists — like everyone else — need to recover the practice of going out and verifying information before they share it, Pope Francis said.
Even when physical proximity is impossible, Catholic communicators can use the media to reach out to people, help them experience the closeness of the church and invite them to follow Jesus more closely, the Vatican said.
Using the power of storytelling to boost the Church was the main message of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 27th annual World Communications Day on May 8.
Dear Editor: First of all, congratulations to Ed Wilkinson on almost five decades of spreading the news in The Tablet. That is truly amazing when you look back at how fast the 48 years went by. I loved the two-page article on the celebration at World Communications Day.
“I’m just a loyal member of the church who is trying hard to tell the story of Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens.”
The Tablet Editor Ed Wilkinson described himself in those words after receiving the St. Francis de Sales Distinguished Communicator Award at the 27th annual diocesan celebration of the World Communications Day, May 9.