January 30, 2010

Priests and the digital world: Part 1

Priests and the digital world: Part 1

29/01/2010 (2:34)

In light of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent message for the 44th World Communications Day, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, gave an exclusive interview to H2onews about the connection that the theme has with the Year for Priests, which the Church is currently celebrating.

“This year, the Pope has chosen a specific motif related to the Year for Priests; its theme is ‘The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: New media at the service of the Word.’

It is compelling because the Pope in his message discusses the role that priests must play and exercise in the domain of digital pastoral work; however, it is not only directed to priests.

The message addresses the entire Church that must discover, little by little, the role that priests play in this new field of digital pastoral work.”

The fundamental task of every priest is to love the Gospel message, to be an example of the Word of God for all of the Church’s members and to remind all mankind of the great love that is to be found in the Good News.

“The theme is important because the Pope is recognizing how, in this particular sector, a priest must continue to be very faithful to the Gospel message, he must be a fervent witness of the Word of God, he must remind lost humanity -- as the message itself states -- that God is near, that God loves man; this is the fundamental idea of the Good News, its great announcement.”

Archbishop Celli stressed the invitation that the Pope makes in his message.

“It seems to me that this is the big challenge, the serene, profound and all-involving announcement, which the Pope addresses to all of us in his message for the 44th World Communications Day.”


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