Pope Asks Priests to Embrace the Web, Blogs
Call it Pope 2.0: The Vatican reaches out to priests, asking them to embrace the Internet and Web 2.0 tools such as blogging in order to reach followers around the world.The Roman Catholic Church is looking to bring ancient scripture and the World Wide Web together, according to Pope Benedict XVI's message for the 44th World Communications Day. In remarks published by the Holy See, the pope encouraged priests to take advantage of the rich "menu of options" multimedia communications offers for spreading the gospel. The title of this year's message, "The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word," reflects the aim of the church to motivate priests to join the Web. This year's World Communications Day will be held May 16.
"Using new communication technologies, priests can introduce people to the life of the Church. ... 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 'voices' provided by the digital marketplace," the pope's message reads. "This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a 'soul' to the fabric of communications that makes up the 'Web.'"