Pope Encourages Priests to Blog, Vatican Hops on Social Media Train

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The Pope is increasingly technology-savvy.
It began with YouTube. It continued with Facebook and iPhone applications. Now, the most digital-savvy Pope in history has called for Catholic clergy everywhere to reach out to the masses via blogging and social media.

Pope Benedict XVI released a message to priests explaining the difficulty in communication due to a shift from traditional means to online means of conversation. The Pontiff urged priests to spread the Gospel by not only blogging, but by taking advantage of the many multimedia sharing options available now. By utilizing YouTube in his spread-the-word campaign, Pope Benedict is leading by example.

In his message, the Pope called on priests to harness technology to evangelize and to teach. He said, “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

The Vatican also maintains a hub of social networking and social media efforts at Pope2You, collecting the various campaigns like Facebook, iPhone, and YouTube options in one place. [Mashable via Yahoo! News]

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ceeq

In contrast to the world of suicide bombers for religion,peace stands out as a virtue why are we not preaching it every day. The commandments are about nothing else but peace with our neighbor and peace with our environment and creator. PAX

ceeq
ceeq

I dreamed last night a heavenly dream. Benedict left the Vatican and went to the Valley of the Slain.He went then to London and with the Archbishop of Canterbury they apologized to for the slaughter of millions in England and Ireland. They went to Williamsburg and apologized for he slaughter of the native Americans. They went on to address the wrongs to the Slaves, The Incas,the Aborigenees, They went to Nagasaki and Hiroshima,. The apology was offered by the leader of the Christian Church in any place where violence was wrought on mankind. We are men of Peace,preaching Peace by Word and Deed,in season and out. The Pope preached nothing except Peace. I really dreamed a World Pilgrimage of Peace.I was proud of Benedict.........................

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