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Pope: the human person at the centre communications in the digital age

“Truth and authenticity of life in the digital age ", the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for the 45th World Communications Day. He asks those who work in the world of information, and especially Catholic journalists, to draw close to the truth and respect the call to proclamation as a 'guarantee' of authenticity of life that can not fail even in times of new media.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - " Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age", is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for the 45th World Communications Day. According to a press release published  by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, it " is to be understood as focusing on the human person who is at the heart of all communicative processes. Even in an age that is largely dominated, and at times conditioned, by new technologies, the value of personal witness remains essential. To approach the truth and to take on the task of sharing it requires the “guarantee” of an authenticity of life from those who work in the media, and especially from Catholic journalists; an authenticity of life that is no less required in a digital age".   "Technology, on its own, cannot establish or enhance a communicator’s credibility, nor can it serve as a source of the values which guide communication. The truth must remain the firm and unchanging point of reference of new media and the digital world, opening up new horizons of information and knowledge. Ideally, it is the pursuit of truth which constitutes the fundamental objective of all those who work in the media".   The full text of the message for the 45th World Communications Day will be released on 24 January 2011, the feast of Saint Francis De Sales, patron of journalists.

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