Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN – Social media and mission: “We need to face a culture of selfishness”
Astana – “The digital revolution has led us to live in a new, distant world that we have not been able to make better: the problems of ‘normal’ everyday life have been transported into the digital world and perhaps amplified. For this reason, it is important to use social media with competence and awareness, to distinguish between what is useful and what is harmful and to promote a culture of friendship and fraternity”, said the Austrian-born missionary and national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Kazakhstan, Father Leopold Kropfreiter from the Society of Jesus and Mary, to the conscious Use of digital communication media in the social and cultural environment of Central Asia. In a message sent to Agenzia Fides, the Austrian missionary, addressing young people in particular, he states: “We have to constantly ask ourselves whether we are behaving correctly online, and remind ourselves that our ‘neighbor’ on social media is not an anonymous number, but a person like us. St. Francis of Assisi, who lived in a time marked by great social, political and ecclesiastical crises, invites us with his example to live according to a new perspective, all ideological and transcends spatial boundaries: in his Admonitions, he defines as ‘blessed’ those who love and respect the other, regardless of whether they are far away from him or in his vicinity. These simple and memorable words can also be used in digital relationships, to love and respect the other person as if they were close to us”.