Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP ECSC) Head Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara D.D. urged the need for prayer to participants of the 4th National Catholic Media Convention (NMC 2018) at the Mergrande Resort in Davao City last August 7, 2018.
“What is the difference between a secular media practitioner and a Catholic media practitioner?” He asked the assembly of various delegates from dioceses and organizations engaged in Social Communications gathered at the venue’s Session Hall.
“As Catholic Media practitioners, if we want to combat fake news and be journalists of peace, as men & women of prayer being exposed to Jesus, being exposed to the Eucharistic Lord, we clearly realize the fount and source of what we proclaim: Jesus who is our truth” he stressed.
During the Holy Hour that opened the second day of the event, Bishop Mylo reminded those present of what Pope Francis said during the World Communications Day: fake news is borne out of distorted, sensationalized opinion, which can destroy a person and unity in a community.
He also cited the points that CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles D.D. made during the Mass that opened the 4-day convention: Catholic Media practitioners should have a heart that is full of joy and delight, mindful of the responsibility to articulate the mystery of any human situation, and one with confidence and hope that goodness and God’s love will thrive despite difficulties.
It is just timely that the NMC 2018 of CBCP-ECSC focuses on the message of the Holy Father, “The truth will set you free (John 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace.”
The National Media Convention is an annual gathering of Catholic Communicators for updating and to address current issues in the Country. Launched during the incumbency of Bishop Vergara, the event was attended by more than 150 participants sent by 18 dioceses in the country. (~Shirly Anne Benedictos)