Thursday, May 21, 2009

Papal message to the digital continent

The Vatican kicks off the 43rd World Day of Communications by setting up a website appealing to the young people.

Embracing the theme "New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship," the Holy Father emphasized the value of the social netowrking sites which "are truly a gift to humanity and we must endeavour to ensure that the benefits they offer are put at the service of all human individuals and communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable."

Enumerating the advantages and accesibility of the information super high way, he noted the manifestation of a person's desire "for communication and friendship."

However, he was quick to point out that friendship is not an end in itself. "Friends should support and encourage each other in developing their gifts and talents and in putting them at the service of the human community."

He challenged the young people, "who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this 'digital continent.' Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm."

The entire message may be accessed here.