The man behind Pope Francis' Twitter account, Msgr Paul Tighe, wants Catholics to use social media to spread the message of Christ's life and the goodwill it inspires in people, reports NCR Online.
"The most important thing you can do is help to share, post and pass on good positive communications like communications that come from Christ, but also from people of goodwill," Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told a group of young netizens gathered in Manila for a social media summit Nov. 23-24.
Tighe was the keynote speaker at the summit at San Juan de Letran College, where 400 lay and religious men and women gathered for workshop sessions, prayers and socials organized by the YouthPinoy online community.
Workshops tackled issues on digital transmission of the faith; Internet and minority languages; social media modesty; social entrepreneurship on social media; defending Mary in social media; and strategies to promote the Catholic faith.
Speakers also ran exercises on the "hashtag revolution"; battling the trolls; social media and various forms of activism; YouTube; making modern-day parables; and journalism in 140 characters. The session "Making Disciples of all Netizens" closed the workshop series with a tone of sending off participants on a tweeting mission.
Some discussions and questions focused on Facebook, which reported having 1.11 billion users as of March, 30 million of them reportedly in the Philippines.
Participants also raised questions about Twitter, an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read tweets, or text messages limited to 140 characters. Last year, the number of Twitter accounts in the Philippines ranked 10th in the world at 10 million.