From Pope Francis – January 24, 2014
Media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all.
The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.
This is not to say that certain problems do not exist, [but] they do not justify rejecting social media; rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement.
Communication is really about realizing that we are all human beings, children of God. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness. By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to others “by patiently and respectfully engaging their questions and their doubts as they advance in their search for the truth and the meaning of human existence” (BENEDICT XVI, Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013).
We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes, and to bring them the Gospel, Jesus Christ himself, God incarnate, who died and rose to free us from sin and death.
Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.
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