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Pope’s communications day theme: Truth in age of ‘fake news’

Pope Francis gestured as he talked Oct. 1 on a pastoral visit in Cesena, Italy. In his message for World Communications Day in May 2018, the pope will highlight the importance of truth.

VATICAN CITY — Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day.

The message will call for studying the causes and consequences of baseless information and will promote "professional journalism," which always seeks the truth and therefore peace and understanding in the world, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication said, announcing the theme.

BEFORE THE CROSS | St. Paul countered ‘fake news’ in his time, too

The Mass readings this week are from the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy. St. Paul warned Timothy about the Gnostics, a group of people who claimed to have a special knowledge contrary to the faith. Timothy was to restrain their false teaching, and preserve the purity of Church teaching against their doctrines.

We have our own version of that situation today.

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