Read

Pope Francis Calls for Truth in the Age of Fake News

Published:
December 22, 2023
January 24, 2018
World Communications Day 2018: Pope Francis's challenge to Fake News and call for a Journalism of Peace.|Pope Francis's prayer on World Communications Day 2018: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion. Help us to remove the venom from our judgments. Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters. You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world: where there is shouting, let us practice listening; where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony; where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity; where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity; where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety; where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions; where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust; where there is hostility, let us bring respect; where there is falsehood, let us bring truth. Amen.

Today, on the feast of the patron of writers, St. Francis de Sales, Pope Francis released his message for World Communications Day. This year, the Holy Father set the theme to be, “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.Pope Francis went into detail about what is “fake” about fake news, how we can recognize it, and why we need Truth. “We can recognize the truth of statements from their fruits: whether they provoke quarrels, foment division, encourage resignation; or, on the other hand, they promote informed and mature reflection leading to constructive dialogue and fruitful results,” he explained.He invited all people to promote a journalism of peace with this message:"I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines. A journalism created by people for people, one that is at the service of all, especially those – and they are the majority in our world – who have no voice. A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes. A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence."Grotto Network is deeply committed to promoting world-changing dialogue and authentic conversations. We invite you to join us in considering how to promote a ‘journalism of peace’ in all media interactions — from what news we consume to how we engage with others on social media.“None of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods,” Pope Francis added. We can choose to share the truth that “will set you free” over content that is hurtful or misleading. By prioritizing Truth and authentic engagement, we can bring peace to the world.Pope Francis’s Prayer to promote truth:

Pope Francis's prayer on World Communications Day 2018: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion. Help us to remove the venom from our judgments. Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters. You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world: where there is shouting, let us practice listening; where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony; where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity; where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity; where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety; where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions; where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust; where there is hostility, let us bring respect; where there is falsehood, let us bring truth. Amen.

Creators:
Grotto Shares
Published:
December 22, 2023
January 24, 2018
On a related note...
Feast Day: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Feast Day: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Grotto

Pope Francis's Challenge to Fake News and Our Role in It

Pope Francis's Challenge to Fake News and Our Role in It

Grotto

The Sacred Gray Area

The Sacred Gray Area

Sarah Adams

3 Things to Notice at Mass on Ash Wednesday

3 Things to Notice at Mass on Ash Wednesday

Josh Noem

Breaking Bad (Habits)

Breaking Bad (Habits)

Ben Wilson

How My Morning Coffee Transformed My Spiritual Life

How My Morning Coffee Transformed My Spiritual Life

Emily Mae Mentock

Jesus' Favorite Podcast EP 7: Fighting For A Cause With Alexia Dukes

Jesus' Favorite Podcast EP 7: Fighting For A Cause With Alexia Dukes

Grotto, Ebony Moxey, Javi Zubizarreta

Nervous to Take a Leap of Faith? Here are 3 Things to Know

Nervous to Take a Leap of Faith? Here are 3 Things to Know

Patrick Schmadeke

How to Use “Cues” to Form Intentional Habits

How to Use “Cues” to Form Intentional Habits

Megan Ulrich

St. Anthony of Padua Spotify Playlist | #GrottoMusic

St. Anthony of Padua Spotify Playlist | #GrottoMusic

Grotto

Where to Find Hope During a COVID Christmas

Where to Find Hope During a COVID Christmas

Theresa Sullivan

How to Keep a Prayer Journal

How to Keep a Prayer Journal

Victoria Rabuse

5 Superheroes You Didn’t Know Are Catholic

5 Superheroes You Didn’t Know Are Catholic

Hunter Cates

Free Download: Lenten Reflection Journal

Free Download: Lenten Reflection Journal

Grotto

How I Dealt with Imposter Syndrome in My Faith Life

How I Dealt with Imposter Syndrome in My Faith Life

Victoria Rabuse

What I Learned from a 30-Day Journaling Challenge

What I Learned from a 30-Day Journaling Challenge

Hillary Alamene

Why We're Grateful for Every Kind of Mom

Why We're Grateful for Every Kind of Mom

Grotto

This Form of Prayer Can Help Center Yourself

This Form of Prayer Can Help Center Yourself

Carolyn Pirtle

Uncovering the Untold History of Black Nuns in the US

Uncovering the Untold History of Black Nuns in the US

Grotto Shares

The Art Behind the Icon

The Art Behind the Icon

Grotto

newsletter

We’d love to be pals.

Sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll meet you in your inbox each week.