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Pope Blesses SIGNIS World Congress 2009

Chiang Mai, October 15, 2009 (SIGNIS) – Pope Benedict XVI addressed a message of blessing and encouragement to the participants of the SIGNIS World Congress 2009 on the theme "Media for a Culture of peace: Children’s Rights, Tomorrow’s Promise" that is to open on 17 October in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

"The necessity for responsible direction and use of the media, in its message and its methods, applies in a particular way to the young", says the Pope in its message. "Their relationship with the media ‘can be considered from two perspectives: the formation of children by the media; and the formation of children to respond appropriately to the media’ (Message for the 41st World Communications Day, 2007)."

The Holy Father prays that the efforts of the Congress "to promote children’s rights and to encourage communicators to make such rights a priority in their work will bear fruit in a Culture of Peace."