Pope Benedict XVI "For Gods' sake, blog!" tells priests

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during his weekly Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 20, 2010.Pope Benedict XVI, who is 82 and known not to love computers or the internet, urged that Catholic priests exploit the "rich menu of options" available in order to grab the attention of younger people, […]

Pope Benedict XVI looks on during his weekly Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 20, 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI, who is 82 and known not to love computers or the internet, urged that Catholic priests exploit the "rich menu of options" available in order to grab the attention of younger people, in his message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Communications. He stated, "Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources – images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites." Though, while he seemed keen on using this method to spread the influence of the church, he also asked the priests to remained cautious. "Priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart," the Pope added. Last year, a new Vatican website, www.pope2you.net, went live, offering one application called "The pope meets you on Facebook," and another allowing the faithful to see the pope's speeches and messages on their iPhones or iPods.