Pope Benedict XVI Writes about Social Media

The Holy Father waves at people during an audience in St. Peter's Square last year.

The Holy Father waves at people during an audience in St. Peter’s Square last year.

 

Pope Benedict XVI encourages the faithful to use social media to be a positive presence and to spread the Gospel.  He recently released his World Day Communciations Message which focuses this year on Internet opportunites.  He writes:

These spaces, when engaged in a wise and balanced way, help to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, if conducted respectfully and with concern for privacy, responsibility and truthfulness, can reinforce the bonds of unity between individuals and effectively promote the harmony of the human family. The exchange of information can become true communication, links ripen into friendships, and connections facilitate communion. If the networks are called to realize this great potential, the people involved in them must make an effort to be authentic since, in these spaces, it is not only ideas and information that are shared, but ultimately our very selves.