Kampala, 08 November, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic journalists in Africa have been told to be more intentional in their work, and to desist from communicating half-baked stories and “half-truths” in their environmental reporting.
In his message at the ongoing seminar that the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP) organized in Uganda, Michael Cardinal Czerny who serves as the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) said the media passes on partial information and half-truths which “ignore the injuries inflicted upon the poor and our common home.”
“Another way to advance integral ecology is to be more intentional about the purposes of communication. Let us focus on education, which connects with the principle of subsidiarity; and on information, which underpins solidarity,” Cardinal Czerny said in his address on Monday, November 6.
The four-day seminar which ends on Saturday, November 11 has been organized on the theme ‘Contribution of journalists and media practitioners for an integral ecology according to Pope Francis' encyclical ‘Laudato Si’’.
Cardinal Czerny said the communication needs to educate and help those suffering the stresses in nature and society “to analyze what’s happening and formulate responses; this prepares them to be effective partners of more distant actors who, guided by subsidiarity, wish to see them lead in achieving the common good.”