Sunday mass is not enough.¬† Pope Benedict XIV is making an appeal to the priests of the Catholic Church to take the word of God farther than just the altar by blogging and ultilizing all forms of¬† communication to help spread the word.
Pope Benedict XIV is even more social media savvy than I am.¬† His Holiness has a YouTube channel, Facebook and iPhone applications, and over 87,000 fans on his Facebook fan page.¬† He has been a strong proponent of social media since taking the throne, and is hoping that his priests will pick up the digital shepherds staff and lead their congregations on the internet.
Here’s a quick blurb from the Pope’s message:
The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‚Äúmenu of options‚Äù might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled. Yet priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different ‚Äúvoices‚Äù provided by the digital marketplace. 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.‚Äù