VATICAN CITY — While journalists and communications experts gathered in New Orleans for the Catholic Media Convention were probably still slumbering peacefully (or fitfully depending on their jet lag), Pope Benedict was sending them his greetings and blessings from Rome.
During his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the pope delivered this message to those attending the event:
I send cordial greetings to the delegates gathered in New Orleans for this year’s Catholic Media Convention.
The theme of your meeting, “Spreading the Good News – Byte by Byte,” highlights the extraordinary potential of the new media to bring the message of Christ and the teaching of his church to the attention of a wider public. If your mission is to be truly effective — if the words you proclaim are to touch hearts, engage people’s freedom and change their lives — you must draw them into an encounter with persons and communities who witness to the grace of Christ by their faith and their lives. In this sense, it is my hope that your days together will renew and refresh your shared enthusiasm for the Gospel. Notwithstanding the many challenges you face, never forget the promise of Christ, “I am with you always, to the close of the age,” (Mt 28:20).
Dear friends, with these few words of encouragement, to all of you gathered for the convention, I am pleased to impart my Apostolic Blessing.