A Means to Limit Influence of Sects, Pope Bendict Says
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 6, 2006 (Zenit.org
).- Benedict XVI believes that it is more important than ever to evangelize through the media.
"The use of the means of social communication, in particular radio and television, is more necessary than ever for the Word of the Gospel to be heard everywhere and for the teaching of the Church to have a profound influence on consciences, mentalities and customs," the Pope said today.
The Holy Father made his comment during an audience with bishops from Congo, who were ending their five-yearly visit to Rome.
"Thanks to these means, the Church will be able to fulfill better her prophetic ministry, in particular, to limit the action of sects, which use the new technologies extensively to attract and confuse the faithful," the Pontiff continued.
According to Benedict XVI, "the modern means of communication make possible an educational activity, animated by the passion for truth, as well as action oriented to defend freedom and respect of the dignity of the person, as well as to foster authentic culture."
In the wake of the war Congo endured in past years, the Holy Father suggested that the country's prelates launch a "campaign of sensitization" together with leaders of other religious confessions, "to propose to all citizens a civic education" that will lead to reconciliation.
In this context, the Pope emphasized that "evangelization of the family is also an absolute priority."