Pope Francisco and technology in WYD and message for World Communications Day

The World Youth Days, which took place in Panama in January, were technologically characterized by the moment when Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican announced that he had created his user account at Click To Pray.

Pope Francisco uses a tablet and says

“The network can help us pray together. Therefore, I would like to present the official application of the Pope’s Global Network of Prayer: ‘Click To Pray’ “.

This was undoubtedly a historic moment, as it shows how much online presence is important for the Church today.

The Click To Pray App was undoubtedly a novelty that the World Network of Prayer of the Pope brought to the Church and being assumed by the Pope as a fundamental vehicle for Prayer nowadays, clearly shows how technology is part of all of us.

He also recalled that he would soon publish the Message for the World Day of Social Communications, which ended on January 24th (read here).

From this text, we transcribe this excerpt in particular:

From a “like” to an “amen”

“The image of the body and the members reminds us that the use of the social web is complementary to an encounter in the flesh that comes alive through the body, heart, eyes, gaze, breath of the other. If the Net is used as an extension or expectation of such an encounter, then the network concept is not betrayed and remains a resource for communion. If a family uses the Net to be more connected, to then meet at table and look into each other’s eyes, then it is a resource. If a Church community coordinates its activity through the network, and then celebrates the Eucharist together, then it is a resource. If the Net becomes an opportunity to share stories and experiences of beauty or suffering that are physically distant from us, in order to pray together and together seek out the good to rediscover what unites us, then it is a resource.

We can, in this way, move from diagnosis to treatment: opening the way for dialogue, for encounter, for “smiles” and expressions of tenderness… This is the network we want, a network created not to entrap, but to liberate, to protect a communion of people who are free. The Church herself is a network woven together by Eucharistic communion, where unity is based not on “likes”, but on the truth, on the “Amen”, by which each one clings to the Body of Christ, and welcomes others.”

Looking at these two great moments of communication, communion and community, one can easily perceive that the future always passes through people and to meet them is a fundamental part of the Church.

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