MANILA, Oct. 13, 2016 — Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on journalists and media practitioners to communicate in the “spirit of mercy” that reflects the Christian reality of people’s connectedness to God.
Speaking at the 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards Wednesday night, he drew attention to a need for sensitivity towards the understanding of compassion, particularly in the world of media.
“We hope every act of communication is mercifully done. This is the only way that could evoke change,” said the prelate during the awards night held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
“At the same time, mercy should be communicated,” he said.
Echoing Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Communications Day, the cardinal said amid the “many merciless things” happening, the primary task of the faithful is to uphold the truth with charity.
“I hope that mercy would be shown and should not be kept. At the end, mercy and communications meet in God,” said Tagle.
“Our God is not only dialogue but expressed God’s heart. The heart of God is mercy. I hope that we will all be good communicators of mercy,” he added.
Launched in 1978 during the late Cardinal Jaime Sin’s stint as Manila Archbishop, the CMMA is an annual project of the Archdiocese of Manila to recognize communicators who “serve God through media.”
Initially focusing on the fields of print, television, radio and film, the CMMA categories now also include awards for students, and those in advertising, music, and the internet.
The CMMA was first limited to Metro Manila. In 1984, however, it was opened to entries from all over the country.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis released a video message accompanying his prayer for the month of October for the intention of journalists.
Specifically, he prayed “that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.” (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)