Using the Web – Calling all Priests (and Deacons!)

I would like to note that the Holy Father, in his message on the 44th annual World Day of Social Communications, entitled, The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word, has encouraged the use of blogs to create a place where we can dialogue on issues of our faith.

“Consecrated men and women working in the media have a special responsibility for opening the door to new forms of encounter, maintaining the quality of human interaction, and showing concern for individuals and their genuine spiritual needs….. This is one of the ways in which the Church is called to exercise a ‘diaconia of culture’ on today’s ‘digital continent’.

“Just as the prophet Isaiah envisioned a house of prayer for all peoples (cf. Is 56:7), can we not see the web as also offering a space – like the ‘Court of the Gentiles’ of the Temple of Jerusalem – for those who have not yet come to know God?”

“This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the ‘Web’.”

It is my hope that this blog is a place where people can dialogue about faith and life in world, and do its part to give “soul” to the fabric of the Web.  God knows the Web needs soul, well formed and directed to the Truth, who is God alone.

You can read the Pope’s message in full at the Vatican website,





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Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
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