Sunday, October 26, 2008

How many Followers for a Pope's blog?

This blog has been heavy on the Jewish topics for many weeks. High time to give some attention to Israel's other religious groups.
Today the world General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops concluded at the Vatican. For the first time ever a rabbi was invited to address a plenary session of the Synod. Shear Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, gave a brave speech (which you can read at Zenit news service from Rome).
But what I thought you bloggers would enjoy is this: Zenit's article entitled "A Blogging Benedict XVI?"

Or, here is another, lighter, version of what happened, as reported by Catholic News Service:

Pope Benedict as Bible blogger?
Posted on October 14, 2008 by John Thavis
VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops on the Bible heard an unusual suggestion Tuesday morning when a Hong Kong observer asked Pope Benedict to start up his own daily blog on Scripture.
Agnes Kam Leng Lam, president of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, said people need to experience Scripture in small but significant doses.
“To put it in a nutshell, I’d like to suggest to you Holy Father to start a multi-language blog to shepherd today’s world by scriptural verses, daily verses,” she said on the synod floor. The pope’s blog should include simple reflections that relate Scripture to real-life situations, she said.
Lam included advice that’s probably good for any blogger: “Remember, brief texts, Holy Father, and plentiful images, and this will be very attractive to the young generation and to today’s people.”
The talk apparently provoked a positive reaction and some laughter, but the pope, who was presiding over the Oct. 5-26 assembly, didn’t say whether he’d be blogging anytime soon.

15 comments:

ER said...

I would read it!

Webradio said...

I would read it, also...

I will be careful...

Nice night for You, Dina...

Kay said...

He would certainly open up discusion and give direction to a whole lot more people that way.... I think.

kaybee said...

Well, why not? Everyone else blogs! (I think he'd better keep the comments 'closed' though -- or all his time will be taken up reading and responding to them!).

I am sure Lam is right; it would be very helpful and encouraging especially to Catholic young people.

Thanks for your comment about my photos, Dina!

ichandrae said...

Beautiful Dina.
Although when the pope denounced the prophet Mohammed in that


university speech in Germany, even though I am catholic well the pope lost my vote right there.

So I won't be reading his "scripture".

But I think that blogs are a wonderful way to inspire lives and it is a beautiful way to spread the word.

USelaine said...

I might look at it now and then, but when would I have time? I have CDPs to keep up with! 8^)

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Hilda said...

Very practical suggestion in today's world. :D

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Kris said...

This current Pope is proving to be an interesting and somewhat surprising fellow now that he's in the main seat.

the donG said...

wow! now that's one big news!

Petrea said...

I wonder Who would monitor the comments?

Great post, Dina.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

ha ha - blogging is seen as so flippant by the world's 'serious' people (we know better of course!)

Reader Wil said...

The pope is against protestantism, so I would be suspicious, if he says something to the discredit of the protestant christians or even worse, of the Jewish believers. Afterall he is a follower of the Jew Jesus and sits on the throne of the Jew Peter.

Eki Akhwan said...

I would definitely love to read and follow the Pope's blog if (or when) he actually starts one. It would be interesting.