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Vatican Gets Digital as Pope Rolls Out Facebook Site

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on May 22, 2009

pope2youCelebrities joining social networking sites has become a common sight, but Clergymen doing the same is something that has surprised most of the people around the world. Just recently, Pope Benedict – who calls himself as a servant of the church – entered the world of technology and social networking by launching the Pope2You website that comprises of Facebook and iPhone applications.

The Vatican portal allows Facebook members to send virtual postcards featuring Benedict and his messages. Also, iPhone and iPod users can surf video and audio news regarding the Pope’s travels and speeches through an application, which would also allow them to view Catholic events globally.

While most of us join social networks to stay in touch with friends and simply pass the time, Vatican’s efforts would be to help the Pope reach out to as many people as possible and communicate his messages. Moreover, you will also find a link to Benedict’s YouTube channel on the site, which was launched earlier this year.

Talking about the benefits of digital media, the Pope said that young people should build a better world through bonds of solidarity and friendship by using Internet. This is great news especially for the social networking industry.

The Pope2You site is managed by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and was launched before the church’s 43rd World Communications Day. Also, the site is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.

Though Benedict praised the digital media for helping people keep in touch and building new friendships and communities worldwide, he also warned that social networking can become obsessive and isolate people from real-life interaction.

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