08 A call to Communicate Hope and Trust - Msgr Pedro C Quitorio

posted May 9, 2018, 11:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 9, 2018, 11:24 AM ]
In His message for World Communications Day last year,Pope Francis said,"when Jesus ascended into heaven, He entrusted His Church with the great and dignified responsibility of spreading His Word - the good news and making it accessible to everyone."In addition to signalling the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus' Ascension reminds us of the beginning of the Church's mission and the assistance of His Spirit, 'who gives strength to announce the Good News in the world communicating Hope and Trust.'

In the face of a fast-changing media landscape that is characterised by the proliferation of fake news, massive and indiscriminate social media utilisation, and the tabloidisation of news. Less and less consumers are buying into the traditional media mill. Similarly the proclamation of the Gospel and the spreading of Good News are painfully undergoing a 'legitimacy crisis.'

It is in the context of the growing trend in fake news, the Pope's communication message emphasises a pastoral direction that is substantially innovative – constructive communication of positive news. The Pope's 'constructive forms of communication',unlike the current reportage that mainly hovers around negative and conflict-based stories, aims to gain a more comprehensive portrayal of the issues at hand and gives more context to news stories in order to help media consumers create a realistic view of the world.

Deeper than constructive journalism is the mind-set that is, at heart, good news. The Pope says: "I would like, then, to contribute to the search for an open and creative style of communication that never glamorise evil but instead to concentrate on solutions and to inspire a positive and responsible approach on the part of its recipients. I ask everyone to offer the people of our time story line that are, at heart, "good news."