Pope warns nuns to make use of ‘sobriety’ on social media

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The Pope has issued directions telling nuns to make use of social media apps “with sobriety and discretion”.

The document, titled Cor Orans, clarifies guidelines governing monastic life that have been issued in 2016.

It says that the steering is meant to safeguard silence and recollection.

The doc mentions “social communications” somewhat than particular apps, however Catholic newspaper the Tablet said that this referred to Fb and Twitter amongst different companies.

The doc says that discretion ought to apply to “the amount of the knowledge and the kind of communication” along with the precise content material of the media.

The unique structure on female monastic life, Sponsa Christi Ecclesia, was revealed in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. It was expanded upon in 2016 with new rulings by Pope Francis.

These current rulings embrace a warning that digital tradition has a “decisive affect” on society. The Pope urged nuns to not let digital media “grow to be events for losing time”.

The Vatican itself is a prolific tweeter.

It has posted near 15,000 messages on its information account and greater than 1,500 instances by way of the Pope’s English-language official page.

It additionally runs Fb, Instagram, YouTube and Google+ accounts.

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