Cardinal Bertone: Media Can Bring Society to God

Encourages Catholic Journalists to Serve Truth Alone

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 6, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The richness of a Catholic journalist is the Gospel he communicates; his support is God, says Benedict XVI's secretary of state.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone affirmed this today during his homily at a Mass he celebrated for some 230 Catholic journalists and communications directors gathered in a meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. The Pope will conclude the meeting Thursday with an address to the group.

Catholic journalists, like their peers, are "called to form and inform," Cardinal Bertone said, but they have the further mission of contributing to the "proclamation of Christ and the opening of society to God."

The cardinal invited the journalists to show "the relationship between faith and reason in a respectful and clear relationship with the various positions present in public debate."

He urged them not to "fall into the temptation of giving space to particular, political, economic or even religious interests," so as to "serve only the truth."

Cardinal Bertone acknowledged this is a momentous task, especially considering the "poverty of available resources."

"But precisely these conditions form part of the style with which the Kingdom of God goes forward," he stated. "Your richness and strength is in the Gospel you communicate; your support is God. Give him space."

Cardinal Bertone concelebrated the Mass in St. Peter's with 12 prelates, including Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.