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Recognize broadcasting as public service, Pope encourages Italian state radio-TV officials

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis met on January 18 with representatives of RAI, the Italian state broadcasting network, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The Pope hailed the collaboration between RAI and the Holy See over the years, which has allowed for the broadcast—first by radio, then by television as well—of key events from the Vatican, including the Second Vatican Council, the Jubilee Year 2000, the funeral of Blessed John Paul II, and several papal conclaves. The Pope reminded the broadcasters that “your profession is not only informative but also formative.” He encouraged them to demonstrate “consciences that are always attentive, never superficial, and always respectful towards others, both those who are the object of the information, and those who are intended to receive the messages.”


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