My wife told me that she had received multiple WhatsApp messages informing her that a certain priest had passed away. The message encouraged people to pray for his soul.
I made a few calls to check and the message turned out to be a rumour.
While I applaud the intentions of the originator of the WhatsApp message, I think it is important in these days of fast news, fake news and lightning-speed social media that we (especially as Christians) send out only information that is true.
Fake news and rumours abound today and many of us Christians, wittingly or unwittingly, are party to spreading false information.
A call to the Religious congregation to check if the priest had indeed passed away would have verified the truth.
Is it more important to be first to spread the news in social media and does truth matter