January 29, 2014

Pope on World Communication Day: Slow Down, Engage and Help

The Internet is also a gift from RAND and the Pentagon, let's not forget their work.

Video Title: Pope on World Communication Day: Slow Down, Engage and Help. Source: romereports. Date Published: January 23, 2014:
The Vatican released Pope Francis' first message for the World Communications Day. In line with the main themes of his pontificate, the focus is on using modern methods of communication to build "authentic encounters."
An excerpt from, "Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter" - Pope's Message for World Communications Day," Official Vatican Network:
It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters.  We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves.  We need to love and to be loved.  We need tenderness.  Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication.  The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness.  The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.  The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others.  Personal engagement is the basis of the trustworthiness of a communicator.  Christian witness, thanks to the internet, can thereby reach the peripheries of human existence.
Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world.  The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.  She needs to be a Church at the side of others, capable of accompanying everyone along the way.  The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God.
"There is an avalanche of communications, messages, sounds, everything, and it's sometimes hard for humankind to decide which of these messages can best serve them in their search for the truth." - Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli, Pontifical Council for Social Communications.