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Prayer to help the world stand against fake news and embrace truth


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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 01/25/18

May our words be seeds of goodness for the world ...

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communicationthat does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgments.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.

You are faithful and trustworthy;
may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.

This prayer is from Pope Francis’ message for World Communication Day. Read the whole message here to see how the pope envisions what journalists’ role should really be.

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