Ruffini: a good journalist must keep his eyes pure
The Prefect for the Dicastery of Communications for the Holy See closed the week sponsored by the Sao Paolo Editorial group talking about the Pope's message for the World Communications Day.
Michele Raviart - Vatican City
May 17th. 2021
“Come and see” is the only way to understand reality and tell the truth.
“Only a pure eye is capable of seeing, of recognizing, of understanding, of bringing the fragmented complexity of reality back to a whole, and therefore of knowing.” That is why “blessed are the pure of heart”, which may seem “the most apparently distant beatitude from the astute world of journalists”, is the one that can help those who work in the field of communication the most so they can become reachable and “recover the essence of things”. An essence that must be sought beyond appearance and that, as the fox reminded Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince, is “invisible to the eyes”.
Kindness is a journalist’s secret
During the 55th World Communications Day, Paolo Ruffini, Prefect for the Dicastery of Communications for the Holy See, while participating in the closing of the “Communications Week” organized by the Sao Paolo Editorial group, not only reminded the audience that “a good journalist must keep his eyes pure”, but he also refuted the idea that “a communicator’s profession requires a coldness which is not compatible with a kind heart and that journalism is better suited for those who are hard-hearted”. Just like Ryszard Kaupscinski said, the secret to a great journalist is kindness.
Towards the verge of existence
Inspired by the Pope’s prayer at the end of his message for today – titled “Come and see”, which is “the most simple and basic way to get to know a reality and allow the person who is in front of me to speak” – Ruffini reflects on some key concepts for the world of communications. The first one is to “go out”, a topic favored by Pope Francis since his first catechesis as Pope in 2013, which means to “reach out to others”, towards the “verge of existence”, moving “first towards our brothers and sisters, especially those who are more distant, the forgotten, the most in need of understanding, of comfort, of help”.
The path towards truth
The second key concept is “to walk”. Walking is, as a matter of fact, “the normal circumstance of a communicator”, who must never stop but rather “wear out the soles of his shoes”. Not only because “seeking the truth is in itself a voyage”, but also “to let oneself be looked at by reality” and “to turn from a totally exterior glance to one that sees things from your inner core, thus allowing true discovery and the recounting of a different story”. The search for the “truth” – the third key concept – is truly a voyage. A truth that, nevertheless, must not be “nearsighted”, “fixed in appearances”, restricted to summary judgment, but rather one in which “everything exists, everything is explained; the crucified and resurrected truth that lives every day in the other”. A truth told with the right words, not those that are traditional, lazy and consumed by time.
To take time is not a waste of time
To achieve a profound understanding, there is no other way than to “go and see”, “not as distracted travelers” nor assuming “one already knows”, but with the “humbleness of not knowing” and, most importantly, taking the time that is needed. The communication we are seeking cannot be born of communication done in haste, stresses the prefect. “Taking your time is not a waste of time”.
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