Twittering Cardinal tells Priests – “liven up your sermons”

Spice up your sermons, is the message Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is giving to priests.

Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said that priests who used theological language that was formulaic and boring risked making the gospel irrelevant.

Grey, dull and flavourless sermons need to be livened up with graphic stories and scandal contained within the Bible, the Cardinal said.

“The advent of televised and computerised information requires us to be compelling and trenchant, to cut to the heart of the matter, to resort to narratives and colour.”

The Bible was “crowded with stories, symbols and images,” he said.

Speaking at a conference in Rome, he said Twitter was also an effective way of spread the Word of God.

“We need to remember that communicating faith doesn’t just take place through sermons. It can be achieved through the 140 characters of a Twitter message.”

Cardinal Ravasi, a champion of new media who writes a blog for the website of Italy’s respected financial daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, said that whether they liked it or not, priests in the pulpit should be aware that their congregations were “the children of television and the internet.”


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