The Pope is urging Catholics to embrace information
technology and add soul to the internet.
Speaking at the Digital Witnesses: Faces and Languages in
the Cross-Media Age conference, Pope Benedict said the faithful should get
online to provide a spiritual aspect to the web.
"Without fear we want to set out upon the digital sea
embracing the unrestricted navigation with the same passion that for 2000 years
has steered the barque of the Church," he said. "More than with
technical resources, although necessary, we want to qualify ourselves dwelling
in this universe too with a believing heart that contributes to giving a soul
to the uninterrupted communicational flow of the internet."
"The time in which we live is experiencing an enormous
expansion of the frontiers of communication, realising an untold convergence
between different media and making interaction possible," he said. "Thus
the internet manifests an open vocation, with an egalitarian and pluralistic
The Pope added, however, that the internet had “dug a moat
about itself", with modern communications too often being the preserve of
wealthier countries. “And thus people speak about the ‘digital divide’,” he
said. “It separates the included from the excluded and adds to the other
discrepancies that separate nations from each other and divide them internally.”
Pope Benedict urged "all media professionals not to
tire of nourishing in their hearts that passion for man that draws ever closer
to the languages he speaks and to his true face”.
"The media can become a factor in humanisation not only
when, thanks to technological development, it increases the possibilities of
communicating information, but above all when it is geared towards a vision of
the person and the common good that reflects truly universal values," he