By Christina Hermoso
With nearly 70 million internet users in the country, a Catholic Church leader has called on the faithful “to use social media to help spread the Word of God.”
Diocese of Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Social Communications said social media can serve as an effective tool in evangelization in this day and age.
“I’m calling on my fellow bishops, priests, nuns, and lay people to use social media as a tool in helping spread the Good News to bring the faithful closer to God,” Vergara said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“We must take advantage of the advent of social media in spreading the Good News, particularly to the young generation. I’m calling on leaders and members of the clergy and the religious as well as lay people and every member of the family to use social media to share the Good News,” the prelate said.
In a document entitled Church and the Internet, the Vatican has cited the importance of technology in helping spread the mission of the Church.
A report on digital use by Filipinos showed that more than 67 million Filipinos use the internet, and spend an average of nine hours a day to post and share information in their social media accounts.