By Lucas Sharma, SJ
As America Media reported earlier today, Pope Francis announced that he will emphasize the negative impacts of “fake news” in his 2018 World Communications Day message. This message will be published January 24th. The Secretariat for Communications at the Vatican said that Pope Francis chose this theme because the lack of stability and true facts is distorting our public life:
World Communications Day will be held on May 13th in most parts of the world, right about the time Jesuit colleges and universities on the semester system hold commencement ceremonies.
How might Jesuit colleges and universities hold discussions in anticipation of the January 24th message release? Aiming to be sanctuaries of truth and justice, what can we do partner with Pope Francis in these efforts, especially in our winter and spring quarters and semesters? How might this be an opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to engage in courageous truth telling against the distortion of facts present in our political culture? Continue the conversation by sharing your suggestions to these questions below.
Click here for the official press release from the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.
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