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Pope Francis warns nuns against ‘wasting time’ on social media

Friday 29 July 2016, by SIGNIS

Rome, July, 29th, 2016 (MattersIndia). Pope Francis is known to be the “Internet Pope”. He has more and more Twitter followers (more than 30 millions now!), a Facebook page, and even an Instagram account. Howevern he recently warned nuns “not to let social media distract them from their religious duties.”

In the document entitled Vultum Dei Quaerere (Seeking the face of God), Francis told nuns to be wary of the dangers of social media and be careful not to “waste time” or use it to escape the demands of religious life.

While the Pontiff acknowledged that smartphones, laptops and tablets provided “useful help for formation and communication”, he said they could be time consuming and distracting. “Nor should they prove harmful for your vocation or become an obstacle to your life wholly dedicated to contemplation,” he concluded.

The Pope added that contemplative communities were not immune from the proliferation of social media within wider society.

This is not the first time the Pope has warned against social media. In the past, he has urged families to put aside their smartphones and social media accounts in order to learn how to communicate with one another again. He has also previously said that children who spend too many of their waking hours on the internet are “distracted from what is really important”. He warned them that “many young people waste too many hours on futile things”. He also previously declared that social media made people “lonely”.

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