Using the Internet to Reach World's YouthTechnically called Pope2You, this Facebook application went live May 24, 2009 at the 43rd World Communications Day. The goal of the Vatican was to get the Pope's message, entitled "New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship," broadcast live over the Internet in a way that would reach millions more people, especially youth. The application is part of the global website Pope2You.net, which also went live on the same day. The website and its various applications are sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
There are many reasons why the Vatican chose to utilize Facebook over other social networks, such as MySpace, Friendster or even Twitter. The Pontiff's goal is to connect with the younger generation in terms and with technology that they know and understand. Since Facebook is the number one social network in the world, what better way to do this?The Catholic church has also recently embraced the Internet, giving it its "blessing" and urging individuals to use the World Wide Web as a "force for unity." The church now believes that positive messages, such as the one provided by the Pope on World Communications Day, can and should be done through social networks such as Facebook. However, the church also warns Catholics that the Internet has its negative side or "faces of evil," and should be used with caution.
How to Get the Vatican Facebook AppA simple search on Facebook for "Pope2You" will bring you to this application. Just click on it and follow the instructions for download. You can also make this app part of your profile and invite all of your Facebook friends to use it as well. It is available in various languages including:
- Prayer for the Sick
- Greetings for the Feast of Pentecost (or other religious holy days as they approach)
- Various digital Papal images and messages