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Catholic journalists urged to proclaim values

But they must be closer to Jesus first, Indonesia’s apostolic nuncio says

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  • Konradus Epa, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • January 24, 2011
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Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli has urged Catholic journalists in Indonesia to promote good values by being closer to Jesus Christ.

“You should be closer to Jesus so that you may gain spirituality in communication that can enlighten people,” Archbishop Girelli told more than 100 Catholic journalists at a Mass on Jan. 21 in Canisius College in Jakarta.

The Mass with the theme “Pray for Indonesia” was organized by the Association of Indonesian Catholic Journalists.

Telling the journalists to be persistent, the Vatican nuncio said the Holy Father has called on all Catholics to use modern methods to spread news.

“I hope you can make the Holy Father’s request a reality,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his homily, Father Piet Yoenanto Sukowiluyo reminded the journalists that they shouldn’t be good Catholics by only praying.

“It is also important to proclaim [good values] through the media. Do not forget to unite with Jesus since this is the foundation. If you do not, the information you share will be dry,” he stressed.

The priest also encouraged everyone to be agents of change.

“You should not be pessimistic about modern events. Instead, you should ask God to help this nation overcome various crises,” he said.

Johanes Martinus, a journalist, agreed with the nuncio’s comments.

“A journalist should proclaim good values, because the media does not merely serve as a source of information it also educates people,” he said.

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