Culture: December 2012 Archives
O Lord, you have given us the great feast of Festivus to remind us that despite sending your only begotten and eternal son to redeem mankind, your people still prove to be a HUGE disappointment to just about everyone, including yourself I'm sure. We tell you this through our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you (because after 33 years down here, we ran him out of town) and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.
Having received, O Lord, from your abundant kindness this annual memorial of Festivus, we humbly beseech you, that, mindful of the saving mission of your Only-Begotten Son for the redemption of mankind, even as we prove a disappointment to ourselves beyond due proportion, so also we do to you as well. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who etc.
You heard yesterday that Pope Benedict XVI is now tweeting. Terrific!
The Papal Twitter account is up and running: @Pontifex
As of right now, the English page has 381K followers, the German has 9.5K, the Spanish 88K, the Italian has 36K, the French has 7k and the Arabic has 3,000.
The Press Office of the Holy See said the following about the Papal presence in the digital media.
The The Pope's presence on Twitter is a concrete expression of his conviction that the Church must be present in the digital arena. This initiative is best understood in the context of his reflections on the importance of the cultural space that has been brought into being by the new technologies. In his Message for World Communications Day 2009, which was published on the same day as the Vatican's Youtube channel was opened, Pope Benedict spoke of the necessity of evangelizing the 'digital continent' and he invited young believers, in particular, to introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives.