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Tagle urges media to be more zealous in proclaiming the good news

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By Christina Hermoso 

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on the media to report more on positive stories and to “be more zealous in proclaiming the Good News.”

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gestures as he gave his Homily during the Mass of the Chrism which which was attended by all priests of the Archdiocese of Manila at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila on Holy Thursday morning. The oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick are also blessed at this Mass. (JOHN JEROME GANZON | Manila Bulletin)

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
(JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

He encouraged news agencies to focus on “constructive and positive forms of communication that promote hope instead of highlighting bad news that fan instill fear and negativism.”

Speaking at the recently-held Catholic Mass Media Awards, Tagle appealed to media practitioners “not to glamorize evil.”

“Sometimes, unwittingly or unconsciously, our way of presenting evil present in our society glamorizes the very evil that we want to denounce,” he added.

“Pope Francis, in a message on World Communications Day, called for a more positive form of communication, one that inspires and instills hope,” Tagle said.

The cardinal said that as followers of Jesus, “we should be more zealous in proclaiming the Good News. If the good news is too boring to report, then does the Gospel which is Good News have a place in communication? As believers in Jesus who has triumphed over sin and death, we should be more zealous in proclaiming the Good News.”

Organized by the Archdiocese of Manila in 1978, the CMMA aims to stress the importance of mass media and to instill a sense of responsibility among communicators.

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