ROME — Pope Francis has warned young people of a “widespread growing digital narcissism that affects young people and adults alike” in his message for World Youth Day 2020.“Today, we are often ‘connected’ but not communicating,” the pope lamented. “The indiscriminate use of electronic devices can keep us constantly glued to the screen.” Calling for a “cultural change,” Francis urged young people to resist the tendency toward isolation and withdrawal into “virtual worlds.” Jesus “calls us to embrace a reality that is so much more than virtual,” the pontiff insisted. “This does not involve rejecting technology, but rather using it as a means and not as an end.” By lifting their eyes from screens and risking to change the world, young people will be able “to contemplate the heavens, the stars and the world around you,” the pope said. “If this is our message, many young people will stop looking bored and weary, and let their faces come alive and be more beautiful than any virtual reality.” In his message for World Youth Day, which will be celebrated on Palm Sunday (April 5), the pope called young people to self-examination and a greater detachment from the world of electronic communications…. Read full this story
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