Pope Encourages Priests to Blog

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In a message to leaders of the Catholic Church across the world, Pope Benedict XVI has urged them to become a little more au fait when it comes to building an online presence.  The announcement was made in a speech regarding the theme of this year’s World Communications Day (May 16), entitled, ‘The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word’. Catchy.

The last guy really didn’t like Twitter…

The Pope told members of the church, “The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’.” Pope Benedict continued, “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.”

He later added a little caveat though, saying that, “Priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ. This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

The Vatican already has a channel on YouTube as well as a Facebook application, though hopefully any priest blogs set up by unassuming men of the cloth won’t be mistaken for any of the World of Warcraft priest blogs such as this one from The Egotistical Priest.

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