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Pope Francis: to mass media, “Our political and diplomatic language” should “be inspired by mercy”

“Our political and diplomatic language would do well to be inspired by mercy, which never loses hope”. Pope Francis expresses this hope in his Message for the 50th World Day of Social Communications (8 May 2016) entitled “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter”. In his message, presented in the Vatican this morning, Pope Francis asks “those with institutional and political responsibility, and those charged with forming public opinion, to remain especially attentive to the way they speak of those who think or act differently or those who may have made mistakes”. Indeed, he notes, “it is easy to yield to the temptation to exploit such situations to stoke the flames of mistrust, fear and hatred”. Instead, “courage is needed to guide people towards processes of reconciliation. It is precisely such positive and creative boldness which offers real solutions to ancient conflicts and the opportunity to build lasting peace”.

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