Denver, Colo., Feb 20, 2013 / 04:07 am
As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to conclude his duties as Holy Father, young Catholics are recalling his marked efforts to renew the faith of the youth throughout the world.
Catholic youth speaker and author Chris Stefanick told CNA that the Pope has been “extremely effective with young people” because of the “amazing clarity” and “humility with which he has carried out his pontificate.”
Echoing his predecessor’s call for a new evangelization, Pope Benedict often spoke of the importance of taking the Gospel message to all parts of the world, including to what he called “the digital continent.”
Stefanick noted that although the Church “has been talking about new evangelization for a long time,” Pope Benedict’s use of the social media website Twitter shows his sincere interest in reaching out to the next generation of Catholics by any means possible.
“It was a simple gesture,” Stefanick said, “but it was a profound gesture.”
Within a month after his Twitter debut, Pope Benedict had amassed 2.5 million followers in eight languages.
The Holy Father personally posted his first tweet on Dec. 12, saying, “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
Subsequent tweets are being posted by the pontiff’s assistants with content that he approves.