If you thought the Roman Catholic Church is an old fashioned institution, think again. In this years’s SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Conference, the Vatican sent Bishop Paul Tighe as their representative.
It is the first time for the Vatican to attend such kind of conference and their panel entitled, “Compassionate Disruption” is one of the most talked about events in the conference.
Bishop Tighe was very happy that despite the current technology trends, the church was invited to be part of digital conversations. He realized that there are actually many people who as interested with the church and the clergy. The good bishop aims to get strong connectivity in faith as strong as present Wi-Fi connections.
Being the Vatican’s Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Tighe works as manager of the Pope’s social media accounts. One of these accounts is the Pontifical Twitter account which started by Pope Benefict XVI five years ago.
Engaging in social media conversations is a rough job especially when dealing with trolls. The Vatican believes that if people are strong to go against trolls, they can establish good relationships.
Bishop Tighe narrated that when Pope Benedict XVI launched his Twitter account, he was welcomed warmly. However, there were a lot of negativity occurred. Trolls wanted the Vatican to get out from the Twitter platform. The Vatican stays strong in Twitter, otherwise, that will prove that the trolls won.
Pope Francis instructed the bishop to communicate in Twitter, rather than “preaching”. The church aims to foster a encouraging online environment.
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