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Pope Benedict Encourages Catholic Priests to Use Internet


Pope Benedict encourages priests to embrace new digital media to create deeper forms of relationship with faithful across greater distances

Pope Benedict has urged Roman Catholic priests to use the Internet to spread the word of God.

In his message Saturday, the pope encouraged priests to embrace the new digital media to create deeper forms of relationship with the faithful across greater distances.

But the pontiff also warned that Catholic clergy should be less notable for their media skills than for their vocation.

The pope's message comes as the church prepares for its annual World Communication Day, May 16.

The Vatican has long had a Web site in several languages. It has recently created a news channel on the Youtube video sharing site and a Facebook networking site Pope2You.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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