Wednesday, May 08, 2013

“Not Just To Keep Up”

About a month before resigning, Pope Emeritus Benedict penned the 2013 World Communications Day Message. He reflected on the “development of digital social networks.”
The challenge facing social networks is how to be truly inclusive. . . Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important.
Many seldom think about the print world because they were born into it. Yet when the print world was new, many had to be encouraged to use it. (St. Ignatius encouraged Jesuits to use it.) The Internet Generation, though, grows up in the digital world. “Effective communication, as in the parables of Jesus, must involve the imagination and the affectivity of those we wish to invite to an encounter with the mystery of God’s love.” Social networks are also evangelizing tools.
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