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The First Friday of each month is known within the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network as the “World Day of Prayer” and it is a day where we unite spiritually to pray in a special way for the Pope’s monthly intentions. With these intentions each month the Pope focuses on the many “challenges of humanity” and asks us to unite in prayer for them as well as discover concrete ways that we can be part of the solution.
This month we pray, “that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.”
In an address to the Communications Media in 2013, Pope Francis thanked representatives of the media for their excellent work, but challenged them to cover events in a truthful way, being attentive to what they are doing. He said to them:
“Your work calls for careful preparation, sensitivity and experience, like so many other professions, but it also demands a particular concern for what is true, good and beautiful. This is something which we have in common, since the Church exists to communicate precisely this: Truth, Goodness and Beauty ‘in person.’ It should be apparent that all of us are called not to communicate ourselves, but this existential triad made up of truth, beauty and goodness.”
This challenge to journalists is very fitting, especially in our current age where politics and violence have separated people into different “camps” of ideology. The media must not fall prey to the many temptations to communicate falsehood or “spin” certain topics to achieve a desired result.
Let us pray this month for journalists and do our part in reporting to others, that which is true, good and beautiful.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)