Holy Tweet: Pope Urges Priests to Use Digital Tools

In a world wrapped up around technology, priests and church figures should make better use of the gamut of digital tools available to them to disseminate the church’s message to the people, Pope Benedict XVI said on Sunday, during the 44th annual World Communications Day.

The pope’s message proclaimed that “priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel” through means such as “images, videos, animated features, blogs [and] Web sites.” A brief clip of the speech that the pope gave can be viewed through the Vatican channel on YouTube.

This pope’s message this year stood in sharp contrast with a speech he gave late last year when he accused the mass media of poisoning human souls and making us callous to violence.

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