Bishop Peter Odetoyinbo of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta has advised media practitioners to focus more on writing stories that will promote harmony, unity and peace in the world.
Odetoyinbo gave the advice on Sunday in Abeokuta in his message as the Catholic Church worldwide mark the 54th World Communications Day.
He charged media practitioners to focus more on stories that build up, not tear down; stories that would help mankind to rediscover their roots and the strength they needed to move forward together.
“Media practitioners should shun all forms of bigotry, discrimination and exploitation with the use of the media, which may lead to chaos and destruction.
“”The World Communications Day is set aside to celebrate the progress and achievements of the communication media, and to focus on how it can be harnessed to promote the gospel of peace and harmony in the world,’’ the cleric said.
He said that the media should do more stories weaved around the love and the life of Jesus, the Son of God.
“We should tell more of the stories of hope and solace, of sharing and love; stories that remind us of Jesus’ life, death and the resurrection; all geared toward saving the world.
“In every of our experiences, God always has a good story for us. One of our good stories from the experience of COVID-19 is the opportunity given to individual families to flourish.
“Many families can now share from their rich encounters of Jesus in their own homes,” Odetoyinbo said.
The cleric appreciated media practitioners for their tireless efforts in ensuring that all are well-informed and carried along in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.
He urged that the media should portray the good sides of the Coronavirus disease’s experience, the care and concern of the government and families to the society.
Odetoyinbo noted that before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, stories in the media were characterised by ingratitude and wastefulness, adding that the media exploited the earth and all its resources.
He added that previously, the media devalued human life and made a cheap commodity of it, saying that media stories were not all good but it could be better.
The cleric encouraged media practitioners to tell stories of love that reached out to people, and stories of the need to sacrifice oneself in place of another, by so doing creating a beautiful love story.
He charged media practitioners to write reports that would inspire coming generations to also love like Christ, adding that it was the only way to understand that human stories are in a certain sense, divine stories.
“What will our stories be like at the end of the current world crisis? Will it be like Jesus’ story? Would we have re-enacted the Good Samaritan episode?
“Would we still care for the handshakes and hugs, the visits and long conversations or would love die in us?
“Would we show the earth more care and tenderness or continue to exploit her? Would we rewrite our stories for good?
“Definitely, we will re-write our story and love and care for each other better, and the earth and heavens will rejoice at humanity coming together,’’ Odetoyinbo said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Dada (NAN)