The late Pope John Paul surfing the net...
Yes, it's official. Pope Benedict XVI has told us to start blogging!
The Holy Father makes the appeal in his message for World Communications Day.
"The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16)," he writes.
Our mission, he says, is to help "the men and women of our digital age to sense the Lord’s presence, to grow in expectation and hope, and to draw near to the Word of God which offers salvation and fosters an integral human development."
"As new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, [we] are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word."
You can read the full text of the Pope's message at the Vatican website. Click here.