"It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal,"
Pope Francis, who has over 8 million followers on Twitter, has said the internet, text messages and social media are God’s gift to humans provided it is used “wisely”
On the occasion of the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Communications, the Pope said in his message "Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication,"
He added that "It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal,"
The Pope joined Twitter in February 2012 and already has 8.46m million follows although he follows only himself in 8 different languages.
The Pope also admitted last year that he does not know how to use a computer and is generally not technology savvy.
The Pope by this statement is may be endorsing the use as well as the fast changing trends in technology but this is only helpful if "the Internet could be used to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing".
"Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups," he said.
Quotes from Reuters