Window on Communications

Toward the Synod on Young: People Listening by Way of the Internet

The big event is drawing nearer. The XV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2018, will focus on contemporary youth. The Church wants to listen to the new generations. The Synod will be about young people, but when Pope Francis announced the event, he revealed that his intention was to make… Read more »

Online Identity, Relationships and Knowledge

Millions of people throughout the world use social networks. Many of the themes debated by the public revolve around issues connected to the Internet–from the loss of privacy to cyber-bullying, from fake news to the consequences of the Internet’s influence on democratic processes. By now we can see for ourselves that the Internet is an… Read more »

Developing Virtue in a Digital Society

  Virtue is a personal “device” that Michel Foucault would have included in what he called “technologies of the self.” But the concept of “device” should be understood according to the meaning attributed to it by this significant French philosopher. A device is not a contraption, an instrument, an electronic gadget. In the present context,… Read more »

Giving Our Words a New Direction

The worst punishment we can inflict on another person is to say: “I’m not speaking to you anymore!” because in this case silence serves to exclude the other person from our life. It is not a way of chastising the person nor is it mutism. Instead, it is a profound negation of the other person’s… Read more »

World Communications Day 2017

This phrase, which encapsulates the heart of the Papal Message for the 51st World Communications Day (celebrated this year on 28 May), restores a central role to human beings and their capacity to choose between good and evil. Pope Francis urges us to act like millstones and “grind” the information we receive in a constructive… Read more »

The Moral Action of the Journalist

Human experience in the Bible teaches us that only those who know things interiorly are able to see. To see without knowing is simply to impose one’s personal point of view on others; it is the experience of those who use their power without converting it into service. To know without seeing is to live… Read more »