Pope praises online dating
From NT News.com
by NIGEL ADLAM
October 4th, 2010
THE man who set up an online Catholic dating service with the blessing of the Pope will give a talk in Darwin later this month – on how to sell a good message.
Monsignor Paul Tighe also established Pope2You online TV, a Vatican Facebook app, YouTube channel and an iPhone app.
“We recognise that a church that does not communicate ceases to be a church,” he said.
Monsignor Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, will talk at a public relations national conference at Darwin Convention Centre.
“Many young people today are not turning to traditional media like newspapers and magazines any more for information and entertainment,” he said.
“They are looking to a different media culture and this is our effort to ensure that the Church is present in that communications culture.”
The Pope’s Facebook application gives Catholics the chance to “meet” the Pope and send virtual cards with messages from the Pope to their friends.
“New technologies mean that priests have the possibility to reach people that maybe traditionally they wouldn’t have been able to reach,” said Monsignor Tighe.
All.gloria.tv – motto: the more Catholic the better – shares videos from Catholics around the world, from the Pope himself to US President Barrack Obama.
The site even offers an online dating service.
“The priest is, at the heart of his vocation, a communicator,” Monsignor Tighe said.
“Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest.”
Visitors to www.pope2you.net you can watch videos of the Pope’s latest homilies and speeches or watch a live feed of activity in St Peters Square via satellite.