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Honestly, who wouldn’t want to see some Pope Benedict live tweets from the Vatican? That dream might not be that far off, after all. In a message sent to his followers, the Pope sung the praises of modern technology as a method for spreading the gospel.

“The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled,” wrote the head of the Catholic Church. “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, Websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

That said, he reminded his priests that, while an important method of disseminating information, the medium itself is not the message. “[P]riests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ,” wrote the Pope. “This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

*Note: There was recently launched the Twitter account @vatican_va which seemed like it was emanating from the Vatican, but attempts to confirm this have so far failed. The account tweets Vatican radio updates in several languages.


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