Vatican City, Oct 17, 2018 / 17:00 pm
Smartphone apps and Skype have transformed the way at least one synod bishop conducts his pastoral ministry with young people.
Bishop David Bartimej Tencer of Reykjavík said Wednesday that digital technologies help him to overcome the geographical challenges that come from shepherding a diocese spread over 40,000 square miles in Iceland.
"The church is moving forward thanks to the digital world," Bishop Tencer said at a Vatican press conference Oct. 17.
Bishops have discussed how the Church can better extend missionary outreach and pastoral care to young people online during the 2018 Synod of Bishops, which is focused on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.