Baltimore, Md., Nov 12, 2012 / 10:49 am
The rapidly developing world of social media provides new and critically important venues for Church leaders to reach out and connect with people in a digital way, according to panelists at a Nov. 11 dialogue.
The discussion, "An Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue," was held on Nov. 11 in Baltimore, one day before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened its annual fall general assembly.
The event – intended to continue a dialogue started at the Vatican's blogger conference in April 2011 – centered on a new study, "Catholic New Media Use in the United States, 2012," which was conducted by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Mark Gray, research associate at the center, explained that the survey found that the majority of U.S. Catholics – like the general American population – are active on social networking sites, with younger generations more likely to be involved than older ones.