Thursday, April 4, 2019

Meeting journalists from Germany

At 12:30pm today, in the Hall of Popes inside the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received in audience a delegation of Catholic and Evangelical Journalists from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Greetings of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
addressed to journalists from Germany

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to greet your delegation, composed of representatives of the German Episcopal Conference, the Evangelical Church in Germany and the various media holding publishing rights in Germany.  I thank Cardinal Marx for the words he has offered, also in the name of Mister Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strom.

Your meeting is an expression of the living dialogue between the Churches and public radio and television in Germany. The dialogue generates understanding, opens horizons, and finding oneself, it creates space for a free and open exchange of information, opinions and analysis. This is for the benefit of the men and women of your country. I encourage you in your commitment to ensure that there are facts rather than fake news¸ objectivity instead of rumours, precision research instead of approximate titles.

For some time we have been witnessing a worrying evolution in the world: the contestation of the right to life, the advance of euthanasia, the denial of social equality, the lack of integration, the violation of human dignity and freedom of conscience. In this context, the public media is responsible for taking a decisive stand for the precious good of human freedom. And the Churches support you in this service, having been entrusted to them the mission of Christ, who came among men so that they may have life and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10).

I thank you all for your work. As journalists, you place people at the centre of your attention, with the intention of making your contribution so that their lives are and remain worthy of being lived. I hope that in your services good things are never missing, the good news that is worth being told and that gives hope. May the Lord accompany you with his blessing, with his closeness in your activity. And please don't forget to pray for me. Danke.
Original text in Italian

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