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Virtual friendship ’OK’ if used wisely
New technologies allow people to go beyond culture, says Korean priestPope Benedict XVI
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- January 27, 2011
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, on Jan. 24 held a press conference at the Vatican and released the popeâs message for the 45th World Day of Social Communications on Jun. 5, titled Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.
Todayâs new technologies âallow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture,â Father Ignatius Kim Min-soo, secretary of the Korean bishopsâ Committee for Social Communications, said today when conveying the popeâs message.
âThis network is an integral part of human life,â it creates an entirely new world of potential friendships, he said stating from the popeâs message.
Father Kim said the pope’s message has âprofound philosophical, psychological and socialâ contents about social networking.
He raised the pros and cons in the development process of the digital world, especially for young people, Father Kim said.
âIt is important always to remember that virtual contacts in online friendships cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives,â was the popeâs warning for the young.
He also told them to make wise use of the digital technologies and constantly ask themselves, âWho is my âneighborâ in this new world?â
Since 2009, the Vatican has been running a web portal, for young people to access the pope’s speeches and writings and videos of his activities, that link to YouTube and Facebook.
Priests in Â´digital worldÂ´the focus for 2010 World Day of Social Communications