Certain people might see the
internet primarily as a source of anger or a seriously addictive disruption,
but not Pope Francis.
In a message for the Catholic Church's World
Communications Day, the Pontiff named the internet as a "gift from
God" for social outreach. It helps people meet, experience contrary
opinions and feel a sense of harmony, he says. Nonetheless, he's also conscious
of the potential for exploitation.
Digital citizens can choose to see simply
things that emphasize their current views, and they risk splitting themselves
from persons close to us. Internet is potentially "rich in humanity"
and compassion, but only if we put in place that effort, something we'd do well
to recall irrespective of our trust structures.