Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pope Francis' Call to Become Digital Citizens

Pope Francis Call Us to 'Boldly Become Citizens of the Digital World' 

by Wendy Murray

(Quotes from the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales the Vatican, 24 January 2014; )

Pope Francis Say the Internet Is a Gift from God

"The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.  This is something truly good, a gift from God." 

Pope Francis Says the Internet Can Offer a Community Rich in Humanity

"The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.  The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; only those who go out of themselves in their communication can become a true point of reference for others."

Pope Francis Says the Internet Can Be Used as a Violent Form of Aggression

 "Whenever communication is primarily aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others, we are dealing with a form of violent aggression." 

Pope Francis' Prayer for Using the Internet

"May the light we bring to others not be the result of cosmetics or special effects, but rather of our being loving and merciful 'neighbors' to those wounded and left on the side of the road.  Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world."

(See Plogger's recent post on advice for spiritual writing by Frances de Sales)

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