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Today is Social Justice Sunday and the title of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019–2020 is Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world. Copies are available this Sunday. The Statement affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements that are harmful to the dignity of individuals and the common good.

Pope Francis is calling us to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”. of the great possibilities but also the pitfalls. Through greater awareness, Pope Francis says, “we will employ technology wisely rather than letting ourselves be dominated by it.” Here is a prayer written by Pope Francis for World Communications Day:

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Help us to recognise the evil latent in a
    communication that does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.
Help us to speak about others
    as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy;
    may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
where there is shouting, let us practise listening;
where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
where there is superficiality,
    let us raise real questions;
where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
where there is falsehood, let us bring truth. Amen.

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