Mumbai, Card. Gracias: for 175 years The Examiner a beacon of truth, voice of reason

Celebrations were held yesterday for the diocesan Catholic weekly, a respected voice in India and beyond. In his speech, the cardinal recalled the commitment to promoting dialogue and the legacy based on quality information. Fr. Irudayasamy delved into the topic of artificial intelligence. An award to AsiaNews correspondent Nirmala Carvalho.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "A beacon of truth, a voice of reason and a source of inspiration for countless people, in India and beyond." Thus the card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, paid tribute to the diocesan weekly The Examiner, on the occasion of the celebrations held yesterday in the Indian metropolis for the 175 years of activity.

“As we reflect on this important occasion, it is impossible - continued the cardinal - not to be impressed by the rich history and a legacy based on excellence” that the Catholic media “embodies”. Because, he warns, “since its birth [and for almost two centuries] it has remained steadfast in its commitment to upholding the values of the Church, to promoting dialogue and to acting as a catalyst for positive change within our community and throughout society in general."

On the occasion of the celebrations, it is also worth mentioning the awarding of "The Golden Pen Award for Excellence in Journalism" to the AsiaNews correspondent from India, the journalist Nirmala Carvalho, who received the coveted award from the hands of the Archbishop of Mumbai .

For the reporter - who for 20 years has been reporting on the life of Catholics (and non-Catholics) in the country and its society, not only in terms of its strengths but also in the critical issues that still persist - it is the recognition of a passionate and appreciated work that continues with renewed commitment and dedication.

Returning to the Examiner celebrations, Card. Gracias recalled how throughout “his illustrious history” the weekly “witnessed moments of triumph and tribulation, navigating the changing landscape of journalism with grace, integrity and unwavering dedication. “From its humble origins as a modest newsletter to its current status as a venerable institution of Catholic journalism, The Examiner – he continued – has continually evolved to respond to the needs and challenges of the times, while remaining faithful to its core mission.”

In his speech, the cardinal recalled his "ability to adapt and innovate in the face of adversity" as "one of the most notable aspects". It has in fact played a "fundamental" role in "shaping the narrative of critical issues that the Church and society must face. Through his insightful articles and reporting, his thought-provoking commentary, and his unwavering advocacy for justice and compassion” he has not only helped “inform minds, but has also touched hearts, inspiring countless people to action and reflection.” .

Among the many personalities who have contributed in this period of time to the growth of the Indian diocesan weekly - also available online for some time - there is Fr. Anthony Charanghat, editor for over 25 years and contributor to the magazine for 50 years.

From past celebrations, Card. Gracias turns his gaze to the future "to the next 175 years and beyond", urging us to "respect the values and ideals" that have guided him "since his birth: integrity, excellence and a constant commitment to serving the Church and society with humility and compassion". And that this anniversary, he concludes, is a "moment of renewal" in the perspective of the "noble mission of journalism as a force for good in the world".

Among the personalities who attended the celebrations there was also Fr. Plavendran Irudayasamy, who spoke about artificial intelligence, the prospects and challenges in today's media world.

The priest illustrated five guidelines for understanding the current media environment: AI as a fundamental relational quality of human intelligence; promises and risks of artificial intelligence; technology and ideas; the potential it expresses; the peculiarities with respect to the communication environment; the quantification of human possibilities.

Finally, he suggested some practical recommendations, including: a commitment to ethical development of algorithms; promote digital knowledge among young people, guided by Gospel values; create “Truth Centers” in parishes. Finally, the final quote from Pope Francis, when speaking about AI he hopes that it will not increase inequality and injustice, but will commit to putting an end to wars and conflicts.

(Nirmala Carvalho collaborated)