#Pontifex: Use Social Media to Promote the Gospel

Last week, Pope Benedict (@Pontifex) released a statement previewing his message for the upcoming World Communications Day on May 12, 2013.

In the statement, he urged people of faith, especially Church leaders, to use social media to promote the Gospel. He writes:

Social media… need[s] the commitment of all who are conscious of the value of dialogue, reasoned debate and logical argumentation; of people who strive to cultivate forms of discourse and expression which appeal to the noblest aspirations of those engaged in the communication process. Dialogue and debate can also flourish and grow when we converse with and take seriously people whose ideas are different from our own.

Benedict, who still writes with pen and paper, is a rock star on Twitter with over 2.5 million followers.

The social media-savvy Roman Pontiff first began tweeting for the Vatican in July 2011.

He finally got his own Twitter handle late last year.