The Italian Almanac

spiritual connection

The Spiritual Connection

Pope Benedict XVI praised social media and the Internet for offering new platforms for spiritual connection to God. "Sites, applications and networks can help man pray and meditate," he said in his message for the 46th World Day of Social Communications. "Short messages, often no more than brief Bible verse, can be used to express deep thoughts," said the pontiff, referring to microblogging platforms such as Twitter.

Benedict also highlighted the virtues of silence in an age of mass communication. "Silence is an integral part of communication," he said. "Without it there are no words rich in content. Silence and the word are two aspects of communication that should balance each other. When words and silence are mutually exclusive, communication deteriorates".