Pope John Paul II Beatification: Special Facebook Page

We’ve written many posts about the growing use of social media in the church and recent articles included a story about a nun who has been banished because of her social networking, a look at Pope Benedict’s views on social networking, and even details of an iPhone Confessions app. Now we have news of the Vatican setting up a special Facebook page especially for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

This move shows the increasing lean towards the use of social media by the Vatican, which many feel is very positive as it shows the Catholic Church’s willingness to move with the times. The Vatican previously set up a Facebook page for the visit to the U.K. of Pope Benedict XVI last year and that remains active and popular, with regular updates.

James Ryder of The Irish Independent tells how this social media push is leading up to a Vatican web portal, due to be launched at Easter. The Vatican does currently have a website but the new portal will bring more interactivity instead of mainly basic information. The Facebook page dedicated to the beatification of Pope John Paul II will be launched next week for the beatification ceremony in Rome, which is due to take place on May 1.

The page will show videos of Pope John Paul II in his 27-year papacy and will no doubt be hugely popular as will the beatification day, which could be attended by up to a million people, according to Phillip Pullella of The Irish Independent. What are your thoughts on the Vatican moving with the times in this way and do you agree that the Pope John Paul II Facebook page will be very popular? Let us know with your comments.