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Fri Jan 1, 2016, 12:57 AM

Pope Francis, in year-end message: 'good news don't make news'.

Source: Buenos Aires Herald

The media should give more space to positive, inspirational stories to counterbalance the preponderance of evil, violence and hate in the world, Pope Francis said today in his year-end message. Francis led about 10,000 worshippers in a traditional year-end solemn Te Deum vespers service of thanksgiving in St. Peter's Basilica.

In his brief homily, Francis said the outgoing year had been marked by many tragedies. But he said there had also been "so many great gestures of goodness" to help those in need, "even if they are not on television news programs (because) good things don't make news." The media, he said, should not allow such gestures of solidarity to be "obscured by the arrogance of evil."

The Argentine-born Pope Francis, marking the third New Year's season since his election in 2013, condemned the "insatiable thirst for power and gratuitous violence" the world had seen in 2015, without giving examples. But in his Christmas message last week, he urged the world to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants who he said were causing immense suffering in many countries. Francis also condemned a political corruption scandal that hit Rome, the city of which he is also bishop. The scandal, known as "Mafia Capital" (in which mobsters and public officials were accused of embezzling millions of euros from public contracts), has spawned a massive trial with 46 defendants that began last month.

The 79-year-old pope, who appears to have held up well during his numerous public appearances over the Christmas and New Year's season, is due to celebrate a Mass on Friday in the basilica to mark the Catholic Church's World Day of Peace.

Read more: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/205904/in-yearend-message-pope-says-good-news-dontt-make-news

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Reply Pope Francis, in year-end message: 'good news don't make news'. (Original post)
forest444 Jan 2016 OP
williamedstrom Jan 2016 #1
forest444 Jan 2016 #2
Purveyor Jan 2016 #3
jtuck004 Jan 2016 #4
gvstn Jan 2016 #5
abakan Jan 2016 #6
gvstn Jan 2016 #8
LiberalLovinLug Jan 2016 #7

Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 01:02 AM

1. good news

that's good news, thank you for sharing.

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Response to williamedstrom (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 01:14 AM

2. Glad you liked it.

And Happy New Year, Bill. All the best for 2016!

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 03:23 AM

3. No it does not, sadly. Thanks for posting. eom

 

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 08:09 AM

4. This suits the privileged quite well. That other stuff is nasty, don't wanna talk about it. n/t

 

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 12:44 PM

5. I'm sorry but I like this guy.

I grew up Catholic but am more than lapsed.

He is the most authentic Pope that I have seen.

I wish him well.

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Response to gvstn (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 02:16 PM

6. I love this Pope

and I'm not Catholic. Happy New Year

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Response to abakan (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 08:12 PM

8. Thanks for the New Year's wishes.

I'm not Catholic either but am consolidated in their ways.

This Pope seems genuine. Love or hate the Catholic church, this guy seems to care about people as persons who deserve some dignity as fellow human beings, living on our little planet.

Happy New Years to you as well!

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Response to forest444 (Original post)

Fri Jan 1, 2016, 05:25 PM

7. I wish there were a good news network

Of course I'd like a liberal leaning one. Because an idea like that could be easily coopted by the right wing giant media corps where they show their own stories. Soldiers returning to their wives and children is always a good one, to further deify the MIC. Or kittens and puppies and whatever it takes to get a tear from the eyes without ever actually going deeper.

I'd like to see a network dedicated to things like union victories, or environmental activists victories, or stories about a teacher in the public education system, or prisoners being let out of death row because of DNA evidence, American Syrian refuges being helped by neighbours or Middle Eastern immigrants contributing to America...so many other stories. But the thing is to concentrate the stories around one or two characters involved. Showing the human side of a more inclusive progressive way of living together.

Yes there is so much to complain about, and the one slightly liberal MSNBC hardly even scratches the surface. The trillions lost by the Pentagon for one. The lives lost in wars, the corruption in high places. But the other side has more money, more networks, plus hate radio, to pound home their message of fear and loathing. We can't compete in that negative arena. Why not enlighten from a more positive angle?

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