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article imagePope says Internet needs more soul, more Christian bloggers

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 27, 2010 in Internet
During a meeting last weekend about communication and new media, Benedict XVI spoke of a need to give the Internet "a soul" and to humanize the dynamics of the digital world, calling on more online Christians to give witness to their beliefs.
Reigning Pope Benedict XVI has made a few interesting comments concerning the Internet during an audience with participants of a congress on digital media. The congress had been organized by the Italian bishops' conference and ran from April 22 to April 24. Entitled Digital Witnesses. Faces and Languages in the Cross-media Era, the get-together saw a meeting of experts in information technology, social networking, web journalism and blogging. It was designed to focus on the language Christian communication workers use, and to examine the way how Christians communicate in the age of far-reaching digital inter-connectivity in our contemporary online societies.
At one point, the pope gave an audience during which he spoke of spiritual pollution, as cited on the website of Vatican Radio, and he also asked for journalists and bloggers to bear witness to their beliefs and to help infuse new media outlets with "a soul," a statement quoted on The Catholic Spirit.
Elsewhere, also there is no corroborating evidence for this view, a website titled an article about this with the words "Pope Benedict Blesses the Internet, But Warns of its Ills." The same website also points out that some of the pontiff's remarks were of a length seemingly designed to be Twitter usable, like this one which they counted as being under 140 characters:
“Friendship is a great human good, but it would be emptied of its ultimate value if it were to be understood as an end to itself.”
The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told participants that truth, transparency and credibility were of paramount importance, a sentence that seems to be targeted towards Catholic priests and bishops across the globe. Father Lombardi then addressed the sexual abuse situation throughout the church when he said
"Secrecy and confidentiality, even given their positive aspects, are not values that are cultivated by today's culture. It is necessary to be able to have nothing to hide."
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