INNOVATIONIN CONSECRATED LIFE CONNECTED TOMODERN TECHNOLOGYPARTNERSHIP AND NET WORKING FOR EFFECTIVENESS
God’s loving care for all people in Christmust be expressed in the digital world notsimply as an artifact from the past, or alearned theory, but as somethingconcrete, present and engaging. Ourpastoral presence in that world must thusserve to show ourcontemporaries, especially the manypeople in our day who experienceuncertainty and confusion, “that God isnear; that in Christ we all belong to oneanother” (Benedict XVI, Address to theRoman Curia, 21 December 2009).
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE 44th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY"The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World:New Media at the Service of the Word" [Sunday, 16 May 2010]
A pastoral presence in the world of digitalcommunications, precisely because it brings us intocontact with the followers of other religions, non-believers and people of every culture, requiressensitivity to those who do not believe, thedisheartened and those who have adeep, unarticulated desire for enduring truth andthe absolute. Just as the prophet Isaiah envisioned ahouse of prayer for all peoples (cf. Is 56:7), can wenot 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?
The development of the new technologiesand the larger digital world represents agreat resource for humanity as a whole andfor every individual, and it can act as astimulus to encounter and dialogue. Butthis development likewise represents agreat opportunity for believers. No doorcan or should be closed to those who, inthe name of the risen Christ, are committedto drawing near to others.