Meeting with members of the International Catholic Media Consortium last Friday 28 January, the Pope reflected on the theme of communications and truth.
The consortium – run by Aleteia and I Media, two news websites, and Verificat, a fact-checking agency – set up the “Catholic FactChecking” website in early 2021.
Unmasking fake news
Pope Francis lauded the organization’s goal of seeking to unmask “fake news and partial or misleading information” about Covid-19 vaccines and ethical questions related to them.
The group includes a scientific committee that draws upon the work of experts in epidemiology, theology, and bioethics.
The Pope noted that people are increasingly influenced by mass media and that reporters must therefore employ a rigorous method.