Internet is a “gift from God”, according to Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has called the internet a “gift from God” in a statement that was recently released.

The Pope has said that the internet and other advances in technology have made it easier for people to communicate and engage with one other, and believes that this ease of communication could help bring together those with political, religious and economic differences. On the other hand, due to fast-paced nature of the internet, he admitted that it does make it harder for people to enter into a self-reflective mode.

“The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”Francis said, and in response to the fact that the internet may not be the nicest place at times he added that, “while these drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media. Rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement.”

Since becoming Pope, Francis has made waves in the religious and secular world, in particular for his relatively open-minded views on homosexuality, capitalism and atheism. These views have not brought him a lot of love on the conservative side of the religious world though.

“The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity,” Francis wrote in the statement. “A network not of wires but of people.”

[via The Verge, ABC News, NEWS.VA, image via BostonCatholic's flickr]

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6 comments

  1. Scott Hedrick

    It comes across as a recognition that, as with all things, it’s simply a tool. It’s the *use* of that tool that determines good and evil, not of the tool, but the person using it. I’ve had this discussion with anticapitalists who think they are quoting the Bible when they say money is the root of all evil. The actual quote says the *love* of money is the root of all evil. Money is simply a tool; it can buy poison or it can buy medicine. The Internet can connect us to long lost friends and help us find new ones, or it can help pedophiles connect to each other and stalk new victims. It’s the user that makes the difference.

  2. sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    While I can understand why people think this is ‘newsworthy’, I can’t understand why people don’t know that the true “gifts from God” are *NOT* worldly or secular things.
    The “gifts from God” include the ransom sacrifice of his dear Son, the “gift of everlasting life”, and the “gift of the holy spirit”, among others.
    But the freaking internet?
    Its full of sin, deception, pornography, child molesters, SPAM, and tons of the most UN-godly garbage satan and his human servants can possibly produce.
    I think this shows why so many people have no use for so-called ‘organized religion’.
    Yes, the internet is being used by ‘godly people’ to promote spirituality, and the Kingdom of God.
    That doesn’t change the nature of the internet.
    The Bible is a book that is the Word of God, but that doesn’t mean any and every ‘book’, all books, are a “gift from God”. Libraries are full of books that the Catholic Church burned in the past, including the Holy Scriptures, which BTW, truly is a “gift from God”, in spite of the fact that the Catholic Church says “don’t read the Bible”. In the same way, the internet is also being used in all kinds of ways, some of which are good, but a great many are not.
    I think that *if* the head of the Catholic Church expects or wants people to pay attention to the things he says, maybe he should focus on the “things of God”, and certainly *not* on the “things of the world”, especially since First John 2:15 says; “Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;” Also, First John 5:19 says, in part; “. . . the whole world is lying in power of the wicked one.” Maybe that includes people that say they serve God, but really serve themselves first.
    Not that I’m condemning anyone, but only reminding many of things they already know.

    Have a GREAT day, neigbors!

    Remember, the King is coming!