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Papal document addresses challenges of evangelising in the digital age

While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelisation and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people fall prey to humanity’s worst vices, Pope Francis wrote.

In his new apostolic exhortation to young people, ‘Christus Vivit’ (‘Christ Lives’), the pope warned that as the digital environment continues to become the norm, it has had a ‘profound impact’ on young people’s ability to communicate and develop relations with others.

‘The fresh and exuberant lives of young people who want to affirm their personality today confront a new challenge: that of interacting with a real and virtual world that they enter alone, as if setting foot on an undiscovered global continent,’ he said.

Calling young people to be missionary disciples and to set out to areas their elders have left largely untouched, Pope Francis said young people should be encouraged to fill social networks with ‘God, fraternity and commitment’.

The document, released on 2nd April, includes the pope’s reflections on various issues discussed during the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment.

Picture: Indian children watch a movie on a mobile phone on the roadside in Mumbai on 20th January 2016. While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelisation and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people fall prey to humanity’s worst vices, Pope Francis wrote in his new apostolic exhortation to young people, ‘Christus Vivit’ (‘Christ Lives’). (CNS photo/Divyakant Solanki, EPA).