Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vatican Reaches Faithful with Facebook

On Facebook, Pope2you, finally goes online.

The Christian Post
By Jenna Lyle
Christian Today Reporter
Thu, May. 21 2009 12:07 PM EDT

The Vatican is linking one of its websites to the popular social networking site Facebook as part of a drive to harness internet technology in reaching the world’s one billion Catholics.

The website,, was launched this week to allow Catholics, particularly those of the younger generation, to meet Pope Benedict XVI on Facebook by listening to his messages and viewing his pictures.

iPhone applications are also being featured on the website, ahead of World Communications Day on Sunday.

World Communications Day was established by the Roman Catholic Church in 1963. This year, it will focus on the role of new technologies in building relationships and promoting a culture of respect, dialogue and friendship.

Speaking to around 20,000 pilgrims in his general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, the pope encouraged young people to use the internet to share their faith.

"Young people in particular, I appeal to you [to] bear witness to your faith through the digital world," the pope said.

"Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known, so that the Good News of God's infinite love for all people will resound in new ways across our increasingly technological world.”

The Facebook link follows the launch of a Vatican channel on YouTube. The Holy See set a new YouTube record when it broadcast the pope’s Easter message with subtitles in 27 languages.

See also from CNA, "Pope plans to reach youth with Facebook profile and website."


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