Bishop Grech urges journalists to have courage and continue their work

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Bishop Grech urges journalists to have courage and continue their workThe Bishop of Gozo Mario Grech, has issued a message to members of the Gozo Journalists Association, for a Mass held on Thursday, one month after the death of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

This message was read out be Kav. Joe M. Attard (Seg. Gozo Journalist Ass.) at the Church of the Good Shepherd, in Victoria.

“It’s a Holy thing to gather here together and pray for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who a month ago was assassinated because she was a journalist. I too, like you believe that prayers help our dead brethren, I prayed for her and for her family. It is our duty as the Church to offer sacrifice for the dead, “particularly the Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice to purify them from sins, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God” (Catechism, 1032).

Against this most violent act that suddenly took the life of your colleague, I urge you journalists not to doubt the importance of your work. This service is necessary to society, because it helps to determine the truth, communication has power to build bridges between people, families and social groups.

Moreover, as stated in the episcopate, “all of us should take care of each other” – and here I feel it is your mission as journalists to help make the truth known – for unity between us humans. Therefore I urge you to have courage to value and continue with your work, to be the voice of unity against a culture of violence, division and hatred, and care for the people.

As noted by Pope Francis, “the human life is not just a dry record of events, but it is a story that awaits a selective interpretative key to be able to choose and assemble the most important facts. The reality, in itself, has no unequivocal meaning. It all depends on which way we choose to look at it.”

For Christian journalist that “key” has a a name: it is love. Therefore, do everything with love and for love.”

Bishop Mario Grech

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