Practice what you post, ‘online missionaries’ told

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Sean Patrick Lovett speaks during the Catholic Social Media Summit on Saturday. (Photo: CSMS team)

MANILA, Oct. 10, 2015— A Vatican Radio official told social media savvy Catholics to practice what they post on social media if only to become effective online evangelizers.

Sean Patrick Lovett, Vatican Radio’s director for English programming, said while social media allows Catholics to be more open about their faith, it also gives them an escape from being more active in that same faith.

“Practice what you post,” Lovett said in his keynote address at the 4th Catholic Social Media Summit held at the San Pablo City Hall Auditorium in Laguna on Saturday.

More than just effective

“Make sure that what you post and how you use that medium reflects what you believe in,” he said. “Be good… not just effective but good. Be the best!

He went on by saying that social media posts intended to evangelize need to combine it with active participation in the world.

If that happens, according to him, many people will realize that “religion rocks”.

Lovett was among the speakers at the event attended by students, teachers, priests, nuns, and members of youth ministry from different dioceses.

Constant dialogue

Now on its fourth version, the summit, organized by YouthPinoy, continues to examine all aspects of social media and explore more ways to take advantage of available tools for online evangelization.

Lovett went on to encourage church people and the public in general to embrace technology — particularly, social media — to connect with other people and “not to waste its potential.”

He challenged Filipinos “to be good” citizens, open to dialogue and witness to a life of evangelization .

“It’s a constant dialogue that brings us closer together,” he said. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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