Catholic media must not fall behind in digital age, pope says
In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organisations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said.
Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, the pope said that the use of new digital platforms not only requires significant technological updates but also a willingness to accept that “the attachment to the past may prove to be a dangerous temptation.”
“Authentic servants of tradition are those who, while keeping memory alive, know how to discern the signs of the times and open new paths,” he said on 1st May.
Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and International Workers’ Day, which is a public holiday in Italy and many other countries, Pope Francis noted that Jesus’ foster father was a “man of silence,” which at first “may seem the opposite of a communicator.”
But, he said, Catholic journalists and news organisations must realise that “only by shutting down the noise of the world and our own gossip will it be possible to listen, which remains the first condition of every communication.”
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Picture: Visitors look at the digital media offerings at the booth of technology giant Google at the Republica 17 digital conference on 8th May 2017, in Berlin. In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organisations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Filip Singer, EPA).Tags: Avvenire, catholic, Catholic media, digital, digital age, International Workers' Day, media, Pope, Pope Francis, St Joseph the Worker