Pope Francis today called the internet a “gift from God,” acclaiming its ability to further negotiation among different disparate groups, he however acknowledged that social media is too fast and users may not engage in self-reflection. The Pope made the comments in a statement released Thursday, for the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day.
The statement, further said that “unprecedented advances” in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions, thereby “creating a sense of the unity of the human family.” Using the web to communicate with various groups, he added,as this could help resolve religious, economic, or political differences.
The Argentine-born pope goes on further to say
“The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity,” Francis said. “This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
He acknowledged, however, that the internet is far from ‘a goddess of healing’. As social media threatens to isolate users from their friends and family. The pope added that the internet and social media should be used to foster real connections and relationships, calling for greater calm and affections.