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20180501T0940 814 CNS POPE AVVENIRE COMMUNICATION 800Visitors look at the digital media offerings at the booth of technology giant Google at the Republica 17 digital conference May 8, 2017, in Berlin. In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Filip Singer, EPA)VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said. 

Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, the pope said that the use of new digital platforms not only requires significant technological updates but also a willingness to accept that "the attachment to the past may prove to be a dangerous temptation."

"Authentic servants of tradition are those who, while keeping memory alive, know how to discern the signs of the times and open new paths," he said May 1. 

Marking the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and International Workers' Day, which is a public holiday in Italy and many other countries, Pope Francis noted that Jesus' foster father was a "man of silence," which at first "may seem the opposite of a communicator." But, he said, Catholic journalists and news organizations must realize that "only by shutting down the noise of the world and our own gossip will it be possible to listen, which remains the first condition of every communication."

Particularly in today's world where "the speed of information surpasses our capacity of reflection," he said, church members are exposed "to the impact and influence of a culture of haste and superficiality" and risk reducing the church's mission to a "pastoral ministry of applause, to a dumbing down of thought and to a widespread disorientation of opinions that are not in agreement."

The example set forth by St. Joseph, he added, is a reminder for all Christians working in the field of communications to "recover a sense of healthy slowness, tranquility and patience."

"With his silence, he reminds us that everything begins from listening, from transcending oneself in order to be open to another person's word and history," the pope said. 

Recalling the words of Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis said that Catholic newspapers shouldn't just report news to "make an impression or gain clients" but rather to educate their readers "to think, to judge" for themselves. 

"Catholic communicators avoid rigidities that stifle or imprison," he said. "They do not cage the Holy Spirit, but seek to let it fly, to let it breathe within the soul. They never allow reality to give way to appearances, beauty to vulgarity, social friendship to conflict. They cultivate and strengthen every sprout of life and goodness."

Pope Francis encouraged Avvenire's directors, journalists and employees to be heralds of the Gospel and, like St. Joseph, be true guardians who protect society's well-being and dignity.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.