Benedict welcomes as a "gift" new technologies such as social networking sites, saying they respond to the "fundamental desire" of people to communicate.As mentioned, the Pope, however, does view social networking sites as a "gift," tapping into our innate, relational characteristics. With this latter point in mind, the Pope recently has encouraged fellow Christians to use the internet to promote the gospel:
But he also warns that "obsessive" virtual socializing can isolate people from real interaction and deepen the digital divide by excluding those already marginalized.
The pope promoted the use of the digital world as a means of making the Gospel known in remarks to 20,000 pilgrims at his weekly audience Wednesday.And, in an attempt to "woo" young believers, the Vatican has launched a new Facebook application, Pope2You:
He says that the Internet has brought about change in the way news is distributed and how people relate to each other. Benedict urges young people to use the potential of the Internet to build a better world through bonds of friendship and solidarity.
Under a papacy that has suffered communication woes, the Vatican is taking new, technologically savvy steps to bring its message to social networking sites and smartphones.Just don't stay on the site obsessively.
The new Web site is the latest update in the Vatican's efforts to broaden the pope's audience and reach out to young people.