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Young people use mobile devices in isolation from each other at Willowbrook Mall in Langley, British Columbia. In their pastoral letter on social media, the Canadian bishops suggest fasting from screens once a week and taking a “Technology Sabbath.”

Canadian bishops praise those who witness on social media but warn ‘don’t be naive’

In a Jan. 24 pastoral letter, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops focused on social media and offered “commitments” to... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis: Return to God’s word rather than social media’s ‘violence of words’

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking of the “immense power” that the word of God can unleash in people’s lives, Pope Francis encouraged us to... Read more

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Mexican diocese denounces hacking of several of its social media accounts

Sep 21, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Different social media accounts related to the Diocese of Irapuato in the Mexican state of Guanajuato were hacked and inappropriate... Read more

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.

On heels of apostolic visitation, Bishop Strickland keeps up presence on social media

Jun 27, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has continued his prolific tweeting amid the apostolic visitation ordered by Pope Francis. Read more

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Congress must act against online child exploitation, U.S. bishops say

Jun 8, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“Online child exploitation threatens the safety and well-being of our young people and destroys families and communities,” the bishops said... Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on January 26, 2022.

Vatican releases pastoral reflection on Christian engagement with social media

May 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Topics covered include information overload, constant scrolling, not giving others one’s full attention, being an “influencer,” and more. Read more

Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience on April 12, 2023.

Pope Francis tells ‘keyboard warriors’ to put aside online polemics to proclaim the Gospel

Apr 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, the pope urged Christians to go out and “get moving” to share... Read more

The Roman Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem.

Social media apostolate brings the beauty of Rome’s historic churches to Instagram

Mar 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Jacob Stein is visiting a church in Rome each day of Lent this year. Read more

Father David Michael Moses takes part in UST MAX Studios Great, Big Christmas Show.

Celebrate the joy of the season with ‘The Great Big Christmas Show’

Dec 10, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Join Father David Michael Moses and other Catholic social media personalities on Dec. 12 for this livestreamed Christmas variety show. Read more

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French ‘influencer’ priest posts video parodies of Mass, apologies to those who ‘may have felt hurt’

Nov 15, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

A French “influencer” priest who was asked by the Vatican to help out with a survey for the Synod on... Read more

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti has already gained thousands of followers on social media after sharing the wisdom he has gained as an exorcist on online platforms.

This American exorcist started a TikTok channel to help souls navigate ‘dangerous territory’

Oct 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti started a TikTok channel last month after noticing the social media platform was introducing kids to something... Read more

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YouTube adds abortion info to Catholic, pro-life videos

Oct 11, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The move means many YouTube videos about Pope Francis, Catholic teaching on abortion, and alternatives to abortion now include links... Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Rome’s Congolese community in St. Peter's Basilica on July 3, 2022.

Pope Francis warns of toxicity in social media, calls for inclusion in digital space

Jul 18, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to counter toxicity in social media, and to engage in dialogue and education to... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Swedish Academy at the Vatican's Hall of Popes, Nov. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis to Swedish Academy: Social media promotes monologue instead of dialogue

Nov 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Academy awards the annual Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone receiving the gifts during Mass in 2021.

Social media being weaponized against religious freedom, Archbishop Cordileone argues

Aug 13, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The archbishop of San Francisco has warned of the use of social media to promote a “new kind of fundamentalism”... Read more

NARAL head brags about helping remove pro-life LifeSiteNews from Facebook

May 7, 2021

The head of a national abortion advocacy group on Friday claimed that the group worked to have the pro-life group... Read more

Fr. Alberto Ravagnani. Courtesy photo.

Meet Don Alberto, Italy’s new YouTube sensation

Mar 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Alberto Ravagnani didn’t set out to make a viral video, he was just trying to find a way to... Read more

YouTube’s permanent ban on LifeSiteNews prompts censorship concerns

Feb 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

YouTube has banned the pro-life group LifeSiteNews for alleged misinformation about COVID-19, prompting concerns about censorship and free debate. Read more

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Twitter, Truth and Transgenderism: Catholic outlet suspended for Biden nominee report

Feb 1, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic World Report is no longer suspended on Twitter, but the publication is still concerned about the social media giant’s... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Cardinal expresses concern about preteens using social media

Jan 26, 2021

An Italian cardinal expressed concern this week about the use of social media by children, encouraging the Church to do... Read more