January 24, 2011

Pope calls for social networkers to follow Christian way

by Jan Harris

In his message for the 45th World Communications Day the Pope speaks about the challenges of communicating over the Internet.

He compares the fundamental changes that are taking place in how we communicate with each other and spread information and knowledge, to the social transformation created by the Industrial Revolution.

In his message the Pope calls the new opportunities for communication a ‘great opportunity’ but he warns that Internet communication also carries risks.

He warns of the danger of constructing an artificial public profile, which is really just an illusion and of judging the worth of a message by the amount of attention it receives.

He also calls for Catholics to adopt “a Christian way of being present in the digital world”.

The basis of this is being honest, open, responsible and respectful of others when communicating.

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