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"Support" and "satisfaction" for a meeting that focuses on the "tireless efforts" of the African Catholic Press Union (UCAP-Burkina), as well as the organizers, and the "dynamism" of Catholic communicators in promoting a "journalism of peace".

This is what Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See, expresses in the message for the training course organized by the African Catholic Press Union, in collaboration with the Ivorian Association of Catholic Journalists and Communicators. The meeting held in Abidjan between 8 and 16 August, on the theme "Electoral processes in Africa: the role and responsibility of the media in the preservation of social peace", was chaired by Msgr. Raymond Ahoua, Bishop of Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) and head of the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications.

In the letter, dated 9 August, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See recalls some words of Pope Francis, contained in the message for the 52nd World Day of Social Communications. It is urgent, in fact, "to promote a journalism of peace", not "good", "that denies the existence of serious problems and takes on a soft tone", but "hostile to falsehoods, slogans and bombastic statements". The hope, therefore, is that little by little a journalism will be spreading "that does not burn the news, but that it engages itself in the search for the real causes of conflicts, to favour the understanding from the roots and the overcoming through the start of virtuous processes".

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