Pope again encourages use of Internet for evangelisation
While expressing Pope John Paul II alarm at the ephemeral nature of youth culture, Pope John Paul II has stressed the opportunity the Internet provides for the evangelisation of young people.
Speaking to a group of French bishops on Friday, the Holy Father applauded their efforts to evangelise via the Internet, describing the web as an especially appropriate means to evangelise young people.
He referred to the "complex and difficult context in which young people live" that is characterised by new communication technologies that transform their relation with the world, with time and with others, and which mould their behaviour.
"This creates a culture of the ephemeral and immediate, which is not always favorable profundity, interior maturation, or moral discernment," he said. "However, the use of the new means of communication has an interest that no one can deny."
"Your conference and numerous dioceses have well understood the positive character of this change, proposing Internet sites directed especially to young people, where it is possible to be informed, to be formed, and to discover the different proposals of the Church."
"I cannot but encourage the development of these instruments to serve the Gospel and to promote dialogue and communication," he added.
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18 Feb 2004