Pope sees social networks as potential boon for evangelization
October 02, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI will focus on social networks in his annual message for the World Day of Communications, the Vatican has disclosed.
The World Day of Communications is celebrated by the Church worldwide on the Sunday before Pentecost. The 2013 observance will take place on May 12. The Pope’s message for the occasion is traditionally released on January 24: the patron saint of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists.
In a statement revealing the theme of the Pope’s message for 2013, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said that the emergence of social networks “requires a new way of thinking.” The statement says that “it is necessary to learn how to present the Gospel as the answer to that basic human yearning for meaning and faith, which has already found expression online.”
In his message, the Pontifical Council says, Pope Benedict explores the challenge of presenting the faith through the use of interactive media.
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