Newspapers play a vital role in evangelization

By Glen Argan

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Church marks the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron of journalists and the Catholic press. St. Francis was a bishop of Geneva who died in 1622, facts that would seem to remove him far from the hustle and bustle of modern journalism.

In fact, Francis was a pioneer Catholic communicator, one who used print media to bring the people of the village in southeastern France where he was pastor, back to the Catholic Church in the years following the Reformation.

His method of evangelization was straightforward — he wrote tracts on various aspects of Catholic teaching, had them printed and shoved them under people’s doors. He used a new technology to deal with new problems.

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