February 14, 2011

The Internet can be a valuable tool for Catholic education and evangelization, and its proper use should be encouraged in seminaries as well as other church institutions, Pope Benedict said.

"Internet, with its capacity to reach across distances and put people in contact, offers great possibilities for the church and her mission," the pope said in an address to members of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

The pope said the congregation was working on a document titled Internet and Formation in Seminaries, but did not say when it would be published.

The Church will need well-prepared teachers to keep the seminarians up to date on the "correct and positive" use of information technology, he said.

The pope said the education and formation of future priests is "one of the most urgent challenges" of the Church today because of the culture of relativism dominant in society.