Written by Staff Writer
24 Jan, 2014 | 12:48 pm
In a statement released on Thursday, the Pope said the Internet and social media are making people across the world “increasingly interdependent.”
“The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity,” Francis said.
“This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
At the same time, though, all those tweets and texts and comment streams can cause people to “lose our bearings,” said the 77-year-old pontiff.
“The speed with which information is communicated exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgment, and this does not make for more balanced and proper forms of self-expression.”
There’s a tinge of irony to the Pope’s comments, considering that his own soaring popularity can be partially traced to the Internet and social media.
According to a study released in November, Francis was the most talked about person online last year.
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