The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will be handing out lesser sentences in Purgatory in exchange for tweets. Yes, the Pontiff has a Twitter account.
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will be handing out lesser sentences in Purgatory in exchange for tweets.
Yes, the Pontiff has a Twitter account and during World Youth Day he’ll be using it to give what the Catholic Church calls indulgences.
While the technology may be new, the indulgences go way back. Traditionally, indulgences reduce the amount of time the faithful must spend in limbo in the hereafter, and are earned for performing acts or participating in events that prove their devotion.
Getting one is going to take a bit more than sitting around and typing, though. Participants must be sincere in their virtual participation in the events of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
Followers will also have to confess their sins prior and be, "truly penitent and contrite" when they do it.
The decree announcing the opportunity was tweeted out to the Pope’s millions of followers in early July.
Social media is seen as a vehicle in making religion a significant part of everyday life. The Vatican also has an app, is on Facebook, and announced it will soon be utilizing Pinterest.