(AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI put church leaders on notice Thursday, saying
social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtual world
they can ignore, but rather a very real world they must engage if they
want to spread the faith to the next generation.
85-year-old Benedict, who tweets in nine languages, used his annual
message on social communications to stress the potential of social media
for the church as it struggles to keep followers and attract new ones
amid religious apathy, competition from other churches and scandals that
have driven the faithful away.