Pope Francis wants journalists to place emphasis on  stories that build up societies rather than those of violence, sorrows and pains that divide societies.

The Pope spoke in a message to the holy communion in Celebration of this year’s world communication day at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral in Akure , the Ondo State Capital.

Also speaking from the book of Exodus 2:24-25 , the Pope  said God was not forgetful of his children in times of trouble and expressed the hope that God would help humanity out of the present pandemic.

In a remark , the catholic bishop of Ondo diocese Dr Jude Arogundade commended journalists for their hard work and challenged them to be vanguard of stories engendering patriotism, dignity , unity and avoid fake news.

Bishop Arogundade also encouraged journalists to always stand by the truth and shun inducements.

In an address , the chairman Nigeria union of journalists Ondo State council , Mr Tona Aderoboye who said effective communication would  strengthen the family and the society charged  parents and other caregivers to ensure that their kids did not abuse communication gadgets to spread fake news.

The president catholic media practitioners in Ondo state Mr Daisi Ajayi appreciated the catholic church for acknowledging the roles of  media professionals.

Prayers were offered for journalists in the  country as they face the huge task of reporting the pandemic.

Correspondent Isaac Afolabi reports that the occasion for the first time in recent time recorded low turnout as only few seminarians and journalists attended in line with the precautionary measures against covid19

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