While addressing 50,000 German altar servers visiting the Vatican today, Pope Francis implored them to cool it with all the internet use. "Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," he said.
What kind of futile things? As Reuters reports, the Pope's top time-wasters amongst today's youth include "chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important."
So, most of the fun stuff. But!:
He has described the Internet as a "gift from God", but also cautioned that high-speed world of digital social media needed calm, reflection and tenderness if it was to be "a network not of wires but of people".
Pope Francis also issued this important warning on his Twitter account this morning:
If you hoard material possessions, they will rob you of your soul.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 5, 2014
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