Pope Benedict is targeting online audiences around the globe with his own YouTube Channel.

The 81-year-old pontiff unveiled his new Internet video channel Friday, welcoming viewers around the world and inviting them to share in a dialogue of "truth".

Pope Benedict said the internet offers a "real gift to humanity" which, he said, can help increase solidarity and understanding among people.

The religious leader cautioned that becoming obsessed with online networking can lead some people to isolate themselves from real social interaction.  He also warned that a wide digital divide could further exclude disadvantaged people around the world.

The Vatican says the YouTube channel will be updated daily and include messages in Italian, German, English and Spanish.

The Internet channel's debut coincides with the Church's "World Day of Communications".

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.