February 1, 2013

Positivity: Author cheers Pope’s ‘flurry’ of social media outreach

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Orlando, Florida:

Jan 30, 2013 / 04:03 am

A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict’s use of social networking has given the Church an example of how to better evangelize through the media.

“I’d say the most recent efforts are several steps in the right direction,” Brandon Vogt told CNA Jan. 29 – something he and other “tech-savvy Catholics” have been supportive of for some time.

Although Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John Paul II often stressed the importance of using new forms of media to evangelize, especially on the Internet, little action was taken to put such tools to use on the Vatican’s part.

However, events such as the creation of Pope Benedict’s Twitter account and the launch of a new iPhone application show a pointed effort on the Vatican’s part to expand its social media outreach.

Just within the last year, Vogt said, the Pope’s “flurry of digital activity has been very surprising and encouraging.”

One day before Pope Benedict announced his World Communications Day message, the Vatican launched “The Pope App,” a tool for the iPhone and iPad that will give users the ability to stream papal events, view several live papal webcams, read news concerning the Pope’s happenings at the Vatican.

This development, as well as the Pope’s theme of “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization” for the upcoming World Communications Day in May, show the Vatican is “walking the walk” Vogt said.

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