- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pope Francis said in a statement Thursday that the Internet helps people communicate and learn from one another, making it a “gift from God.”

“The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another,” he said. “The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.

“This is not to say that certain problems do not exist,” he warned. “The variety of opinions being aired can be seen as helpful, but it also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests.”

ABC News notes that the pope is no stranger to technology, gaining 2 million followers on the @Pontifex Twitter account since Pope Benedict XVI resigned.

“The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God,” he concluded.

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