Pope has a better farsighted view than some Information Ministers

Congratulations Holy See Pope, you have a better farsighted view than some Information Ministers

For God’s sake, blog!, pope tells priests

Pope Benedict XVI waves in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 11, 2009. (REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files)

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – For God’s sake, blog! Pope Benedict told priests on Saturday, saying they must learn to use new forms of communication to spread the gospel message.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Communications, the pope, who is 82 and known not to love computers or the internet, acknowledged priests must make the most of the “rich menu of options” offered by new technology.

“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 said.

Priests, he said, had to respond to the challenge of “today’s cultural shifts” if they wanted to reach young people.

Last year, a new Vatican website, http://www.pope2you.net, went live, offering one application called “The pope meets you on Facebook”, and another allowing the faithful to see the pope’s speeches and messages on their iPhones or iPods.

Benedict still writes most of his speeches by hand in German and it is younger aides who manage his forays into cyberspace.

Editing by Janet Lawrence) ,Reuters the Stars

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