Journalists have been told to engage in constructive forms of communication that reject prejudice towards others and foster a culture of encounter – helping people to view the world around them as realism and trust.
They have also been urged to use their professional work or personal relationships to aim at providing rich and fare information with whom they communicate.
This was contained in Pope Francis’ Message for the 51st World Communication Day to the Catholic Media Practitioners, with a theme, “Fear not, for I am with you.”
He said, “We have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on bad news, wars, terrorism, scandals and all sorts of human failures.”
The Pontiff said that, “this has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering; it is about a naive optimism, blind of the scandal of evil, rather than we should work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent and resignation that can at times produce greater apathy, fear or idea that evil has no limits.”
He stated that, Communication industry thinks that good news does not sell, and believes that where there is tragedy of human suffering and the mystery of evil, these should easily be turned into entertainment; and there is always a temptation that our consciences can be dulled or slip into pessimism.
The Pope further urged journalists to contribute to the search for an open and creative style of communication that would never seek to glamourize evil but instead to concentrate on solutions and to inspire a positive and responsibility on the part of its recipients.
Speaking at the 51st World Communication Day, President of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama, used the occasion to confirm 202 candidates for Conformation to induct them into the Catholic faith, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church NAF Station Jos.
He cautioned them, to be strong and committed to the faith and the Catholic Church, and they should know that they have to be promoted in the faith and really growing in it as the Light of Christ.
He urged journalists to always do what is right, saying, “If we are to be faithful in our religion, do good and do what is right; and always tell stories that will bring hope and joy in the world and not a terrible one, and report the truth when there is evil.”
The Archbishop also charged journalists to always focus on good news that binds people together, adding that, “our children are the treasure of our country, and we must promote their interests and protect their rights.”