- Jul 23, 2021
For the new ecclesiastical assistant for the Vatican communications department, the job, and that of all who work in Church media, is fundamentally about two things: truth and evangelization.
Combine intense media interest with an informational vacuum, and what you usually get is chaos.
The feature film “The Way Back,” a documentary on Father Patrick Peyton, and a Christmas special featuring Dolly Parton were among this year’s Christopher Award winners.
If you stand on a balcony and chuck a brick over the side, and that brick ends up hitting somebody in the street, it’s no defense to blame the law of gravity. Similarly, if you build a PR bomb and take no steps to defuse it, you don’t get to blame the media for the blast.
Communication is meant to be constructive, to connect people and promote understanding, but too often the media have degenerated into platforms to disseminate hatred, said Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.
A report that Pope Francis is wearing a previously undisclosed medical device turned out to be bogus, but there are still lessons to be learned.
On an 11-hour long flight to Thailand, Pope Francis preferred a more relaxed tone.