Truth, Proclamation, Authenticity of Life in Digital Age
Entire networks of friends, chat rooms open all day and night, instant news and entertainment
on our phones, ipods or ipads. There is no doubt that with all the latest digital
technology, we’re more connected than ever before. Yet paradoxically many experts
says we’re now less able to communicate and more lonely, searching for some kind of
‘real’ meaning in our lives.
That’s why Pope Benedict’s message for this year’s
World Communications Day is entitled ‘Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life
in the Digital Age, calling for a creative and responsible use of the latest technologies
in order to communicate the lasting truth of God’s love for the world. The Pope’s
message, released on Monday, notes all the positive developments offered by the new
media which, at the same time however, demand a serious reflection on the true significance
Young people, in particular, he says, are increasingly involved
in social networks, posing important questions about the authenticity of one’s own
being. In the search for sharing and finding new “friends”, the message stresses,
there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion
of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself. It is important, the Pope
reminds us, always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place
of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives.
Claudio Celli heads the Pontifical council for Social Communications which is responsible
for helping the Pope draw up this annual message. He told Philippa Hitchen that in
his message Pope Benedict expresses the great positive aspects offered to the human
being today to communicate. listen...