(Istituto Universitario Salesiano de Venezia, Italia) – Today, January 24, for the liturgical feast day of St. Francis de Sales, a preview of the video that aims to render current aspects of the figure of the patron saint of journalists was published at cuberadio.it/sales. The short film was produced by the young reporters of “Cube Radio,” the academic station of the Salesian University Institute of Venice (IUSVE), in view of the conference that will celebrate the centenary of the proclamation of St. Francis de Sales as the patron saint of journalists and will take place inside the Theological Studio of the Basilica of St. Anthony, in Padua, on January 28.
Direction and video editing of the short film are by Matteo Contarin, graphics by Marica Padoan, who also penned an illustration that “updates” the figure of St. Francis de Sales, while editorial coordination is by Aurora Simionato, programming manager of Cube Radio. “The research path we activated on the figure of the holy bishop of Geneva,” Simionato explains, “revealed to us the physiognomy of a man capable of communicating through images and convincing without opposing. Yesterday as today, however, the path of receiving information is distorted by mental shortcuts that lead us to select information homogeneous to our thinking, rather than to seek the truth. We can activate training pathways to try to crumble, brush aside, cognitive bias.” The teaser video of the short film is available at: https://www.cuberadio.it/
As well as on the websites of the Italian Catholic Press Union (UCSI) and the Salesian International Higher Institute of Educational Research (ISRE), while the full 5-minute documentary will be released through the same channels starting Jan. 28. The Jan. 28 conference will be accessible to the hearing-impaired, of whom the Holy Bishop of Geneva is Patron, thanks to translation into the Italian Sign Language.