By; Jjunju Francis
27th Jan. 2020
Pope Francis has challenged the media world to strive for truth in their broadcasting and publications that build up society, help people rediscover their roots and strengthen them to move forward.
Pope Francis in his 54th World Communications Day for 2020 that is celebrated in May says the world needs a human story that can speak about them and of the beauty around the society than stories that tear and destroy brotherhood, peace and unity.
Riding on the theme “That you may tell your children and grandchildren” (Ex 10:2) Life becomes history, Pope Francis said the media and society often decide what is right or wrong based on characters and stories made by individuals that leave a mark, shape convictions and behaviour with low attention on how to help people get out of difficulties.
The world needs to move away from having stories to exploit, gossip causing violence because of the falsehood and wrong intention by the writer, broadcaster or publisher.
Pope Francis reminded the world to use communication platforms constructively, to strengthen social ties and the cultural fabric than having deceptive, persuasive arguments and hateful messages that strip others of their dignity.
The Pontiff prayed for wisdom to all, to welcome and create beautiful, true and good stories with patience and discernment for harmonious living.