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Pope Francis says the internet is a 'gift from God
The Verge ^ | 1/23/2014 | The Verge

Posted on 01/23/2014 12:46:22 PM PST by Dallas59

Pope Francis today described the internet as a "gift from God," hailing its ability to foster dialogue among disparate groups, though he acknowledged that the speed of social media can make it difficult for users to engage in self-reflection. Francis made the comments in a statement released Thursday, for the Catholic Church's World Communications Day.

In the statement, the Argentine-born pope said that "unprecedented advances" in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions, thereby "creating a sense of the unity of the human family." Using the web to communicate with various groups, he added, could help resolve religious, economic, or political differences.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: internet; pope

1 posted on 01/23/2014 12:46:22 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

More like Satan’s tool.


2 posted on 01/23/2014 12:48:59 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Dallas59

I wish he felt the same way about free market capitalism, a force that has lifted up untold millions from the bondage of slavery and poverty.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 12:49:27 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Dallas59

I thought it was from Al Gore!


4 posted on 01/23/2014 12:56:24 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dallas59

A few years ago I thought I might be the last sane person left...

...then I found Free Republic d8^)


5 posted on 01/23/2014 1:01:22 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Dallas59

The Internet is evil.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 1:02:23 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

7 posted on 01/23/2014 1:02:43 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Dallas59
The Pope's right.

The anonymous unregulated internet is the greatest threat to tyranny since the invention of the gun.

8 posted on 01/23/2014 1:03:20 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

If only it were anonymous or unregulated.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 1:06:16 PM PST by jpl (The government spent another half a million bucks in the time it just took you to read this tagline.)
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To: Resolute Conservative
More like Satan’s tool.

"For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel." - Martin Luther

10 posted on 01/23/2014 1:16:32 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Resolute Conservative
More like Satan’s tool.

You could say that about the whole world. It is a gift of God, but Our Lord repeatedly referred to the devil as "The Lord of the World".

And of course, everyone here is using this tool. It can be misused, abused and perverted (pop up ads and explicit spam anyone?), but the thing in and of itself is a marvel and a boon, when used correctly.
11 posted on 01/23/2014 1:18:36 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.--Moshe Yaalon)
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To: Dallas59

I guess the Holy Father never heard of DARPA.


12 posted on 01/23/2014 1:19:37 PM PST by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: familyop

The internet has to be tamed.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 1:25:45 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Dallas59

Funny, I never seem to recall God helping us write any of the code for routers in the early 90’s.

Or sending angels to do it in His stead.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 1:28:43 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Dallas59

The internet is neither good or bad, it all depends on how it is used. If it is used the right way, it can be a source for good, but if it is used the wrong way, then nothing but bad can be realized.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 1:34:42 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Moose Burger

The good news is that it is, ever slow but certain.


16 posted on 01/23/2014 1:35:56 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Dallas59

Of course it is, like all science. It is how you wield the tool. A thing isn’t inherently evil. You just need to use it instead of Evil and that’s just not that tough to pull off. If the Internet is evil, then so are guns and we all know it is the wielder of the gun and not the gun itself. We wouldn’t be communicating and sharing if not for the Internet. You think we have RINOs now? It would be 1,000 times worse without the Internet.

Don’t take God’s gifts and cast them aside just because some misuse them.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 1:38:46 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Dallas59
... made it easier to engage with people of different religions, thereby "creating a sense of the unity of the human family."

... he called for Catholics to engage in more inter-religious dialogue, saying that doing so "does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute."

I thought that these statements would attract more attention than Pope Francis' views on the Internet per se.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 1:42:40 PM PST by Kennard
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To: Biggirl

And one has to do it oneself; if government gets there first, it gets ugly (just look at the last year). In the future, knowing what’s one doing, what requests are really being sent (it’s NOT just that ‘cnn.com’ click you made! There are twelve ad networks roaming around, besides of CNN having code inserted to trigger every time you scroll the page, etc), what’s sliding under the rug, that sort of thing, will become increasingly important.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 1:43:13 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Dallas59

Ummm..I was under the impression it was a gift from Algore. Who Knew!!???


20 posted on 01/23/2014 3:43:56 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Happy New Year 2014)
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To: Dallas59

So the Pope thinks Al Gore is God?


21 posted on 01/23/2014 8:25:04 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: Dallas59

Pope Francis, you telling me Al Gore is GOD? He is Satan than GOD.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 8:49:50 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: Dallas59
Pope Francis says the internet is a 'gift from God

Dear Pope Francis,

Does this also include all the porn sites?

23 posted on 01/23/2014 9:05:40 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: VideoDoctor

Gifts can be abused.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 9:06:51 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Dallas59

It is a fantastic tool, for sure.

However, for someone who is perhaps struggling with porn, the Internet can also be mankind’s greatest curse.

All depends on how you use it.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 9:11:44 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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