Pope Francis has asked the world to pray about the inclusiveness of social media networks in the month of June.
Every month, he issues a new prayer intention video, asking for us to pray for along with him as the Body of Christ.
On Tuesday he said:
“The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.
Communication technology, its places, its instruments have brought with it a lengthening of horizons, a widening, for so many people.
It can offer immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.
May the digital network not be a place of alienation. May it be a concrete place, a place rich in humanity.
Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.”
As we hear Pope Francis’ message, what feelings does it stir in our hearts? Are we using social media responsibly? Are we using it to build people up or do we sometimes say things that we wouldn’t say to someone’s face? It’s a big challenge to overhaul the whole world of social media, but if we each do our bit it will make a huge difference.
Check out the video here.