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Addressing Journalists, Pope Decries Contestations of Right to Life, & Promoting Euthanasia

Francis Reminds German Catholic and Evangelical Journalists to Tell the ‘Good Things,’ Which ‘Give Hope’

“For some time now we have been witnessing a troubling evolution in the world: the contestation of the right to life, the advancement of euthanasia, the denial of social equality, the lack of integration, and the violation of human dignity and freedom of conscience.”

Pope Francis decried this harsh reality when receiving in the Vatican, Wednesday, April 4, 2019, a delegation of Catholic and Evangelist journalists from Germany.

“In such a context,” Francis reminded them, “the public media are responsible for taking a decisive position for the precious good of human freedom.”

The Holy Father thanked the journalists for their work, and expressed his hope, that in their service, “there may never lack the good things, the good news that is worth recounting and which gives hope.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying the Lord bless you them and accompany them and their work, and reminding them to pray for him.

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s address to those present:

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to greet your delegation, composed of representatives of the German Episcopal Conference, the Evangelical Church in Germany, and the public media in Germany, I thank Cardinal Marx for the words he addressed to me also on behalf of Mr. Landesbischof Heinrich Bedford-Strom.

Our meeting is an expression of the living dialogue between the Churches and the public radio and television in Germany. Conversation generates understanding, opens horizons, and meeting one another creates the space for a free and open exchange of information, opinions and analyses. I encourage you in your effort to ensure that there are facts rather than fake news, objectivity instead of hearsay, precise research rather than approximate articles.

For some time now we have been witnessing a troubling evolution in the world: the contestation of the right to life, the advancement of euthanasia, the denial of social equality, the lack of integration, and the violation of human dignity and freedom of conscience. In such a context, the public media are responsible for taking a decisive position for the precious good of human freedom. And the Churches support you in this service, as the mission of Christ, who came among humanity “that they may have life, and have it abundantly”.

I thank you all for your work. As journalists you place the person at the centre of your attention, with the intention of offering your contribution so that their life may be and remain worthy of being lived. I hope that in your service, there may never lack the good things, the good news that is worth recounting and which gives hope. May the Lord accompany you with His blessing, with His closeness in your work. And, please, do not forget to pray for me. Danke.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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