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Preaching On The Web: Pope Benedict XVI On Facebook

May 24, 2009



Fresh from his visits to Jordan and Jerusalem, Pope Benedict XVI is making history again with his tech savvy handlers launching the Roman Catholic Pontiff on the global social networking site Facebook!

Now this should come as a welcome breeze for the morally challenged here in the only Catholic nation in Asia given how we are grasppling with ssex video scandals and corruption in high public office.

The story is still just breaking out and as the Associated Press is reporting it:

The new portal is the latest update in the Vatican’s efforts to broaden the pope’s audience and reach out to young people. Earlier this year, Benedict got his own YouTube channel, which is now also linked to the portal.

While wary of the potential pitfalls of new media, the 82-year-old Benedict has also encouraged young Catholics to use the Internet to spread the church’s message.

On Wednesday he told pilgrims gathered for his weekly audience that young people should use the Internet to build a better world through bonds of friendship and solidarity, adding that the digital world can help make the Gospel known.

For the Rev. Paolo Padrini, a technologically savvy Italian priest who led the Pope2You project, giving Benedict a presence on the world’s largest online social network was in keeping with the church’s centuries-old communications strategy.

“The walls of our churches are painted by the greatest artists of all time,” Padrini said. “This means that the church has always invested in the culture of each period, using the best instruments available to communicate with people.”

I am curious about how this Papal portal will sit with the Muslim world and in the jurisdictions where proselytizing is banned.

The Internet now becomes the new ‘battleground’.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2009 8:08 am

    Benedictus! In nomine domine Facebook.

  2. May 24, 2009 5:20 pm

    Here, here.

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