Pope Roots for Social Networking Sites to Spread the Faith

January 25, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There is no better way to reach out to the masses than through social networks, and even the pope realizes that fact. That is one of the reason why Pope Benedict XIV joined Twitter on December 3, and counts 1.4 million followers.

While there are people who feel that social networks induce tardiness and addiction, the pope himself seems to think otherwise, and is encouraging his followers to flock to sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest to spread their faith to non-believers.

Looks like the Church is going to take advantage of the growing technology to spread faith and god’s teachings.

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The pontiff expressed this new message during the 47th World Communications Day. “The challenge facing social networks is how to be truly inclusive: thus they will benefit from the full participation of believers who desire to share the message of Jesus and the values of human dignity which his teaching promotes.”

He added that in this digital age, for those people who live through such social networking sites, Good News need to be made aware through these mediums. This is the way to make them know about the faith else they will be living through its absence.

The pope spoke on the title “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization,” and said that such sites would provide a public platform for debates and forum discussions that could “reinforce the bonds of unity between individuals and effectively promote the harmony of the human family.”

But the Pontiff was also concerned about the challenges involved, and warned that the “culture of social networks” would challenge those who want to talk about “truth and values,” and that the presence of celebrity information and marketing schemes could push down the message.

“At times the gentle voice of reason can be overwhelmed by the din of excessive information and it fails to attract attention which is given instead to those who express themselves in a more persuasive manner.

The social media thus need the commitment of all who are conscious of the value of dialogue, reasoned debate, and logical argumentation; of people who strive to cultivate forms of discourse and expression which appeal to the noblest aspirations of those engaged in the communication process.”

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