Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in his first Philippines media briefing after the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family closed in Rome Oct. 19 spent a few hours with journalists today to report on the synod.
Here’s just one of many concerns, views, emotions and learnings he shared :
As a President Delegate, I attended so many press conferences in the Vatican because daily there was a press briefing and press conference.
On the second press conference that I attended, it just shook me – there was not a single Asian journalist among the hundreds and hundreds of international journalists. Sad to say there was not a single African journalist also.
The Sala Stampa, the press office, was really dominated by the West. So I asked myself, “Who will report on the concerns of Asia? Who will report on the voice of Asia being raised in the Synod hall?
And that is precisely the concern of the Synod – that the various and diverse situations and challenges surface.
So maybe your outfits could assign some of you full-time in the Vatican, so when things happen you don’t just rely on reports of others and you report these. Because the things you are reporting now, if they come from other sources are somewhat filtered already according to their concerns.
That’s why when I was interviewed by the Italian TV2000 and I expressed the concerns of Asia, the interviewer said, we have not heard that. I replied – because Europeans and people of the West are all who are in the press conference.
So I was a bit busy going to the press conferences just to be able to share our concerns in Asia.
I know for a fact that some people thought that the only topic discussed in the synod was divorce and gay union. I assure you, those were discussed. But I also assure you those were not the only concerns.
And for the Filipino media to have a more comprehensive reporting, I will give you the other concerns…
[Note : Some words/sentences translated from Tagalog]
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