Pope encourages Christians to join online social networks
Pope Benedict XVI invited Christians to join online social networks "confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity," he said in a message for the 45th World Communications Day on June 5. He added, "I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world."
The Pope said social media can help satisfy the "desire for meaning, truth and unity... if used wisely." The "Christian way of being present in the digital world," he said, does not stop with posting religious content online. It is communication that is "honest, open, responsible and respectful."
He also asked netizens to remember that "virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives." He said, "In the search for sharing, for ’friends,’ there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself."
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