Bishop to faithful: Use social media for social change

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San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico presides over Mass at the Catholic Social Media Summit in San Pablo City Hall Auditorium in Laguna, Oct. 11. (Photo: Dominic Barrios / CSMS Team)

MANILA, Oct. 11, 2015— Aside from being a tool to spread the Gospel, a Catholic bishop urged the faithful to use social media in fighting social ills.

In a country confronted with many socio-cultural challenges, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico said the new means of communication, if used properly, can be a powerful tool for change.

‘Say something’

“This is one key to change what is wrong with our culture,” Famadico said in his homily during a Sunday Mass for the ongoing 4th Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv4) at the San Pablo City Hall Auditorium in Laguna.

In the age of modern technology, he said social media is increasingly playing a critical role in terms of fostering awareness, education, and social change.

With more than 35 million Filipinos on Facebook alone, he said the potential of social media, which he described as a “gift from God,” cannot be ignored.

Saying what is right

“When something is wrong, you need to say it’s wrong. But it’s not enough. You also need to say what is right and spread it through the means of social communication,” Famadico said.

The bishop also lauded the participants of the CSMSv4 and for using social media in their work of evangelization and social advocacy.

“This only means that you care for our (Catholic) faith. You are here not for anything else but to use your skills to spread the Good News,” he said. (CBCP News)

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