Villegas urges young people to join social media summit

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MANILA, Nov. 22, 2013—A high ranking official of the Catholic Church urged young people to join the 2nd Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMS v2.0)  on November 23-24, 2013 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila. 

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas noted that the inspiration of the summit springs from the declaration of Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuniiandi: “The Church would feel guilty before the Lord if it failed to use the media for evangelization.” 

“The proclamation of the Gospel for the third millennium must come from a new fervor, with a new approach and through fresh new expressions to make the Lord come alive in the heart and lives of our people. The use of social media is only a means to the true goal of evangelization which is intimacy and friendship with Jesus Christ,” Villegas said. 

“Jesus Christ is not a virtual person; He is real. He is alive. It is exciting to be His friend in the social media but even more in our souls,” he added. 

Villegas hopes that netizens will use the social media to help them grow in true prayer. 

“Let us allow the social media to lead us to a sincere and humble conversion of heart. Let us use the social media to reach out to the poor not just with feelings but with concrete acts of love and Christ like charity,” he furthered. 

The social media summit will be graced by a roster of speakers known in social media circles. 

Msgr. Paul Tighe, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications will keynote the two-day activity. (Jandel Posion)

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