Pope takes to Facebook

The Vatican is to post Pope Benedict XVI’s profile on popular online social networking site, Facebook, as part of an effort to broaden the pontiff’s appeal among computer savvy.

The Facebook initiative will also involve iPhone applications and a new Vatican website http://www.pope2you.net, which is slated to go live on the Catholic Church’s World Communications day on May 24.

It follows the creation of a Vatican site on Youtube, the video sharing Internet channel, where clips featuring Pope Benedict’s activities regularly appear.

The Church wants to follow in the footsteps of US President Barack Obama, who used the Internet during his poll campaign.

The pope is inviting us to promote a culture of dialogue, of respect and friendship, among young people,” the Telegraph quoted Archbishop Claudio Celli, leader of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as especially saying.

Article source : DC

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