Cardinal: St. Clare Can Guide TV Watchers

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ASSISI, Italy, FEB. 18, 2008 (Zenit.org).- St. Clare, as patron of television, can help the modern world rediscover the dignity of the human person, says the Pope's secretary of state.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone affirmed this when he presided Sunday over a Mass in Assisi marking the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Clare as patron of television.

She was given this title by Pope Pius XII on Feb. 14, 1958. On Christmas night, 1252, the nun received the grace of seeing from her cell the Church's celebration of Christ's birth.

Cardinal Bertone dubbed it "an experience of mystical television," Vatican Radio reported.

"St. Clare is not only the patron of television, but she can also teach us the correct use of this media," the cardinal said.

Citing Benedict XVI's message for World Communications Day, Cardinal Bertone warned about the possibility of communications media manipulating reality, catering to particular interests and seeking an audience at all costs.

"Mass media tend to impose a uniform cultural model, based on the logic of consumerism and relativism," he lamented. "The example of St. Clare, on the other hand, helps us to rediscover the dignity of the person and values such as family, life, education and youth."