NEWS for Wednesday, May 31, 2000
JOURNALISTS TO SURPRISE JOHN PAUL II
Not 700 but 7,000 Will Participate in Jubilee
VATICAN CITY, MAY 30 (ZENIT.org).
"We were expecting 700 journalists;
however, next Sunday, June 4, 7,000 will come to celebrate the
Journalists' Jubilee with the Holy Father," stated Archbishop John P.
Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He
did not hide his surprise when attending a press conference this morning
to present the Vatican document "Ethics in Social Communications."
The participants in the Journalists' Jubilee are already arriving in
Rome. Some were even present at this morning's news conference to
present the new Vatican document. They will be officially received by
Archbishop Foley on Thursday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, they will
hear an address by Theresa Ee-Chooi, president of the International
Catholic Press Union, and then they will go to the Sistine Chapel for
recollection and prayer. On Friday they will meet in congress to reflect
on the great challenges posed today at all levels of social
communications. On Friday afternoon there will be a satellite connection
with journalists in other countries.
All these thousands of journalists will cross the threshold of the Holy
Door of the Roman Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on Saturday
morning. There they will participate in an ecumenical service, which
will include the attendance of journalists from other Christian
denominations. The culminating moment of the Jubilee will be on Sunday,
when they are received in audience by John Paul II shortly after midday.
"This large and unexpected participation of journalists in their Jubilee
is a sign that reflects a changing tendency in the complex world of
means of communication. Increasingly the media are beginning to
understand that the public is tired of the habitual 'bad news' and,
therefore, are seeking persons who by their work and teaching are an
'example' to the community," Archbishop Foley said.
"Perhaps it's an effect of the Jubilee Year, but I have the impression
that there is ever greater attention on the part of the mass media to
good news," Archbishop Foley noted.
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