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Pope warns against communications-induced 'blindness'

Media also called to 'show tenderness', says Francis

23 January, 13:02
Pope warns against communications-induced 'blindness' (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 23 - Pope Francis on Thursday warned against aggressive media that blind people to those around them.

"Whenever communication is primarily aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others, we are dealing with a form of violent aggression like that suffered by the (Good Samaritan), who was beaten by robbers and left abandoned on the road", said the pope in his message for the Catholic Church' World Communications Day this summer.

"Nowadays there is a danger that certain media so condition our responses that we fail to see our real neighbour," he continued.

"The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness," added the Argentine pope who has made a very human touch the hallmark of his pontificate since his election to replace Benedict XVI last spring.

"The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people," he said.