OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - The Church using “Facebook” to evangelize

Monday, 15 February 2010

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – Meet young people, encourage dialogue, and exchange on issues of morality and social themes, show the Catholic Church as an institution that is "close" to people using new media for evangelization.... As Fides learns from the local church, these are some of the main objectives of the new initiative launched by the Bishops' Conference of Australia: the Church's presence on the social network Facebook.
The Facebook page includes photographs, images, and texts about the life of the Church in the nation, structured in a lively and dynamic manner, suited to Web users, especially young people: you can interact with priests, discover events promoted by the Church, dialogue with and contact Catholic communities and ecclesial movements throughout the country.
"Social networks are now a resource and a means by which young people share ideas and enter in contact," the Australian Church told Fides. "So, we decided to meet them on their turf and sow the seed of the Gospel in Facebook." (PA) (Agenzia Fides 15/02/2010)