Bishops learn how to take selfies, use Facebook in Social Media 101 seminar with tech-savvy Vatican official

Some of the participants were as old as 70.

Agence France Presse (via reports that 50 of Manila's top bishops and monsignors discovered just recently how to take "selfies" and use Facebook through a Social Media 101 seminar conducted by a web-savvy Vatican official.


According to the report, Sean-Patrick Lovett, a program director with Vatican Radio conducted the seminar earlier in January as "part of the Catholic Church's strategy to remain relevant in the digital age." The one-day event  "involved teaching the clergymen, some of them in their 70s, simply how to use the Internet, set up Facebook and Twitter accounts and, most importantly, how to make their messages worth reading."


Lovett said the priests, many of whom are not used to using computers, came out "very happy and so excited" after the three-hour session because they learned how to reconnect with their loved ones and reach out to their congregation with the use of social networking sites. Some of them even took selfies and posted them on Facebook.

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