In his 2018 World Communications Day message, Pope Francis focused on fake news and journalism for peace. In support of the Holy Father’s call to fight fake news and its pervasiveness, ArchComms held the following workshop and seminar on Untangling Fake News:
- 1st VERITAS Workshop: Untangling Fake News was held on 14 Apr 2018. The aim of the workshop was to highlight the different types of fake news, what is the truth, and how as individuals we can do our part to stop the spread of fake news.
- The Veritas Seminar: Untangling Fake News on held on 28 June 2018 at the Cathedral because 100% of the respondents concurred that the VERITAS workshop was beneficial and would highly-recommend it to all members of the Church.
What People Are Saying about VERITAS
“We are often comfortable with half-truths, but we should be cautious and recognise it. The sharings at workshop encouraged me to illuminate Jesus’ light in the corporate world.”
“This workshop brings much needed awareness to a matter that thrives precisely in the absence of awareness. Fake News is insidious and thus easily counteracted by insight. Simply knowing there is a snake in the grass goes a long way in not being bitten. This workshop is the equivalent of the signboard that warns, “Snakes here!” – clear, compelling and ultimately very helpful.”
“The workshop is useful in helping parishioners understand fake news and the Catholic Church’s position about the issue. The workshop succinctly brought out the examples seen in Singapore, some motivations for fake news and the Church’s teachings about fake news. It also provides a platform for us to discuss ways to address the solutions.”
“This workshop reaffirms that we are to be salt and light of the world; and reinforces that we are to live out the Truth, the Way and the Life through our communications in our daily living.”