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Catholic journalists urged to proclaim values
But they must be closer to Jesus first, Indonesiaâs apostolic nuncio saysIndonesian Catholic journalists take time out to enjoy some dancing
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 24, 2011
âYou should be closer to Jesus so that you may gain spirituality in communication that can enlighten people,â Archbishop Girelli told more than 100 Catholic journalists at a Mass on Jan. 21 in Canisius College in Jakarta.
The Mass with the theme âPray for Indonesiaâ 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.
âI hope you can make the Holy Fatherâs request a reality,â he said.
Meanwhile, in his homily, Father Piet Yoenanto Sukowiluyo reminded the journalists that they shouldnât be good Catholics by only praying.
âIt 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,â he stressed.
The priest also encouraged everyone to be agents of change.
âYou should not be pessimistic about modern events. Instead, you should ask God to help this nation overcome various crises,â he said.
Johanes Martinus, a journalist, agreed with the nuncioâs comments.
âA journalist should proclaim good values, because the media does not merely serve as a source of information it also educates people,â he said.
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