Pope Benedict’s Social Networking Views

With the rise of social networking and social media over the last few years, we have reported on various aspects of it. We have looked at how it can help your business, how Ryan Babel of Liverpool FC ended up getting fined by the FA for things he said about a referee over Twitter and we have even looked at how the police are now using social networking in crimes.

Now we are reading reports that Pope Benedict is having his say on social networking, although we don’t really see him as a serial Facebook or Twitter user. The Pope has praised the potential of social friendships but has also said that there’s no substitute for real human contact, we would tend to agree with this although it’s not always possible.

According to reuters.com’s Philip Pullella, Pope Benedict doesn’t have his own Facebook account has said that the possibilities of new media and social networks offer ‘a great opportunity’. At the same time he thinks that there are certain risks involved with it too, he thinks that people can alienate themselves or will fall into the trap of having more virtual friends than real ones.

The Pope didn’t mention any particular social networking site but did mention some of the keywords it. He mentioned friends, sharing and profiles. You can read the press release which has been translated from Italian by clicking here. Edward Pentin of ncregister.com has also written an article on the Pope’s words so be sure to have a read.

Pope Benedict’s main message for the 45th world day of social communications was “Truth, Proclamation and authenticity of life in the digital age”.

What do you think of Pope Benedict’s views? Are you in agreement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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