VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2004 (VIS) - This morning in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father received the participants in the plenary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and, in remarks to them in English, noted that that this year's meeting "marks the fortieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Instruments of Social Communication, 'Inter Mirifica', as well as the fortieth anniversary of the foundation of your dicastery."
"I encourage you," he said, "to draw inspiration from the conciliar document to continue in your mission of helping those who work in this vast field to animate it 'with a humane and Christian spirit'." Citing his Message for World Communications Day 2004, the Holy Father said that "in this way the media will be in a better position to tap their 'enormous potential for promoting sound human and family values and thus contributing to the renewal of society'."
"I invoke the guiding light of the Holy Spirit upon you and your work, and I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing."
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