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Saint of the Day

St. Andrew Dung-Lac (1785-1839)
Andrew was a priest who worked in the missions with other priests from the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. He was imprisoned and repeatedly tortured in the persecutions of Minh-Meng, and was eventually beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude to the physician as well. Yes he gave us a path of humility. If we keep to it we shall confess our belief in the Lord and have good reason to sing: We shall praise you, God, we shall praise you and call upon your name.
– St. Augustine
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2498

"Civil authorities have particular responsibilities in this field because of the common good...It is for the civil authority... to defend and safeguard a true and just freedom of information." By promulgating laws and overseeing their application, public authorities should ensure that "public morality and social progress are not gravely endangered" through misuse of the media. Civil authorities should punish any violation of the rights of individuals to their reputation and privacy. They should give timely and reliable reports concerning the general good or respond to the well-founded concerns of the people. Nothing can justify recourse to disinformation for manipulating public opinion through the media. Interventions by public authority should avoid injuring the freedom of individuals or groups.