Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pope praises and warns the use of social media


The social media received a qualified blessing by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, saidReuters.
While the pontiff appreciated the popularity of networking sites, he was quick to warn that "electronically connected" friendships cannot replace face-to-face communications.
In his speech titled, "Truth, proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age," the 83-year-old leader of the Catholic Church in his message on the Catholic Church's World Day of Communications, said, "It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."
His Holiness who does not own a Facebook page did not specifically say which site he was referring to but mentioned words like "friends," "profiles, " and "sharing."
The pontiff also said, "Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world."
It will be recalled that news came out recently that many marriages broke up because of Facebook.
Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama is an active user of Twitter.
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