Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation looks at the positive aspects of the digital environment. Remember to access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. This paragraph is largely a quote from the post-synod document:
87. The web and social networks have created a new way to communicate and bond.
- They are “a public square where the young spend much of their time and meet one another easily, even though not all have equal access to it, particularly in some regions of the world.
- They provide an extraordinary opportunity for dialogue, encounter and exchange between persons, as well as access to information and knowledge.
- Moreover, the digital world is one of social and political engagement and active citizenship, and it can facilitate the circulation of independent information providing effective protection for the most vulnerable and publicizing violations of their rights.
- In many countries, the internet and social networks already represent a firmly established forum for reaching and involving young people, not least in pastoral initiatives and activities”.[FD 22]
Many of these positive developments have already borne fruit. It’s important not to neglect the shadow side of this, but the truth is that on some levels, and across the world, people are making communal connections in the name of Christ in ways they never could a generation ago.
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