The Holy See Pope Benedict XVI seated center.

The Holy See Pope Benedict encourage priests to adopt new technology to spread the words of God in his message for the Catholic Church’s 2010 World Day for Social Communications..

Pope Benedict XVI called on the ministry to use the latest technologies, such as Web sites and blogs, to preach the gospel and encourage a dialogue with their practitioners.

“That dream might not be that far off,” the Pope said, while sang the praises of modern technology as a method for spreading the gospel.

The Holy See said Catholics church traditionally relied on modern media to open the lines of communication. And as the culture changes, the church needs to use the latest technologies, especially if it wants to reach younger people.

“Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, Web sites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization, and catechesis,” said Pope Benedict in his message.

The pope acknowledged that new technologies call on priests to become more savvy in their use, yet these technologies can foster deeper types of relationships even across vast distances. The pontiff also urged the ministry to not forget its primary obligation and message.

“Priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ,” said Pope Benedict.

“This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a ‘soul’ to the fabric of communications that makes up the Web.”