Web Site Shows Living Faces of the Church

Pope2you.net Launches Photo Networking Initiative

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By Jesus Colina

VATICAN CITY, AUG. 17, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Ahead of Madrid’s World Youth Day, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has launched a photo-based social networking Web site that demonstrates how all members of the Church form one body in Christ.

«Living World Faces» (www.pope2you.net/livingworldfaces), which was carried out with the support of the Italian Episcopal Conference, allows young people to share their pictures with other participants in the youth gathering, which is set to begin Thursday.

But that’s not all. Once a photo is uploaded to the site, it becomes part of a mosaic of photos that forms either the image of Benedict XVI, an icon of Christ, or the logo of the 2011 World Youth Day.

Father Paolo Padrini, who is the director of the project, told ZENIT that the aim was to «offer young people a ‘virtual square'» in which to participate in the event while they are «physically immersed in the sea of people.»

He said that the experience of the site is «not only virtual, but real and virtual at the same time.»

In addition, the priest said that the site «offers millions of young people present in Madrid the possibility of taking home in addition to a photographic memento.»

«Thus, once again,» Father Padrini added, «through the Web, young people will be able to become real evangelizers.»

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Living Faces: www.pope2you.net/livingworldfaces

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