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Netizens urged to use internet as ‘social action’ platform

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MANILA, Nov. 20, 2013–“I think, the great thing that we should do with the social media is to show the people what is happening. We need to show in social media that the Church is active in serving the poor, active in teaching, that the Church is also active in hospitals and in health care,” said Msgr. Paul Tighe, who will be the keynote speaker to the 2nd Catholic Social Media Summit to be held on November 23 to 24 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila.

Tighe added that people around the globe may show their solidarity, sense of sympathy and support for the Filipinos especially to Yolanda victims through social media.

“We are with them (Filipinos) in social action and social justice. So rather than simply talking about, we actually show the people what is happening and show them okay, everything is not perfect, everything is not easy but the Church is actually trying particularly at the local level to  support and help the people. Social media has a lot to show us,” he furthered.

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications cited a ‘tweet’ from Pope Francis that had an immense attention – ‘He (Pope Francis) said if a stone falls of the colosseum, the world talks about; but a person falls of a building scaffolding, nobody talks about it (@Pontifex)’.

“Yes we need to be attentive on the dignity and worth of every human person and I think the social media as of this moment, it’s not showing what we are doing,” Tighe said, in reference to Yolanda victims. “Primary [importance] is how can we be more effectively engaged.”  (Yen Ocampo)


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