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Pope Decries Rise of 'Fake News'

World Day of Social Communications

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Pope Francis on May 13, 2018, marked World Day of Social Communications, on the theme “Fake News and Journalism of Peace.” His comments came after praying the Regina Coeli with the crowds of pilgrims in St. Peter’ Square.
“I greet all the media agents, in particular, the journalists who are committed to seeking the truth of the news, contributing to a just and peaceful society,” the Holy Father said.
“In today’s fast-changing world of communications and digital systems, we are witnessing the spread of what has come to be known as “’ake news’.” This, the Pope said, calls for reflection, in releasing his message for the day on January 24, 2018.  “If responsibility is the answer to the spread of fake news, then a weighty responsibility rests on the shoulders of those whose job is to provide information, namely, journalists, the protectors of news. In today’s world, theirs is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission.”

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