Paolo Ruffini © Vatican Media

Catholic Media: Focus “On Dialogue Rather Than Marketing Ideas” – ZENIT

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The challenge of good journalism is “to find new avenues for new communication”, to focus “on dialogue rather than the marketing of ideas, on intelligence as a moral category rather than the fanatical moralism of the mob” , said the prefect of the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See, Paolo Ruffini.

He intervened during Signis World Congress, world congress of the Catholic Association for Communication, organized this year in Seoul. The event, themed “Peace in the Digital World,” runs until August 18 and brings together some 300 participants from all continents, Vatican News reports.

Ruffini underlined the important role of Catholic journalists, of “Catholic communicators”, of “all the men and women of good will engaged on this difficult and grandiose front which is communication” who “can be the protagonists of a new humanism, embodied in active and participatory communities, an example of a new idea of ​​citizenship”.

In his speech, the prefect also dwelt on the paradox of our time which, according to him, resides in the fact that “we are hyperconnected, but also solitary”. Faced with this situation, Ruffini calls for an examination of conscience: “When there is no longer any communication, but only a connection, it is then that we must question ourselves, make a personal and collective examination of conscience, and respond to a few questions. How is it possible to be both hyperconnected and terribly alone? What is missing from our connection to fill this loneliness? »

“Connection alone is not enough”, continued Ruffini: “We know very well that only a relationship, a bond based on love can make us less alone, can last and make us happy”. And love, he observed, is based on this supreme fragility which is to feel the need to love and to be loved, to give and to give oneself. “Here is the root of all communication,” said the prefect.

In his speech, Ruffini also spoke about the communities of social networks. In this regard, he referred to the message of Pope Francis for the 53rd Day of Social Communications (January 2019), in which the Pope said that “the community of social networks is not automatically synonymous with community”: “Too often , their identity is based on the opposition to the other, to those who are foreign to the group, recalled Ruffini quoting the words of the pope. Too often they are defined by what divides rather than what unites. It leaves room for suspicion and the expression of all sorts of prejudices (ethnic, sexual, religious, etc.). And what should be a window on the world becomes a showcase in which one can display one’s narcissism”.

For Paolo Ruffini, the only way to meet the challenge of technology is “not to consider it an idol”. There are things that technology cannot replace, “like freedom, like the miracle of meeting people, the surprise of the unexpected, conversion, the spark of ingenuity, free love”.

But one should not “also” “demonize” technology, he added, one should not “believe that it is entrusted with the task of redeeming humanity”.

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