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Pope to media: Disinformation, one-sided reporting are grave sins

/ 09:17 AM December 17, 2017
Pope Francis shows a booklet on Jesus Christ that will be distributed to faithful during the angelus prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis speaks to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican in this January 6, 2017, photo. AP

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved.

Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news,” told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies.

But he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.

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The pope said: “You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.”

He called those actions a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others.” /cbb

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