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The Church And Priests Should Go Online: Vatican Experts

We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive

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Monsignor Paul Tighe from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications talks to the Associated Press during an interview. VOA

Priests should get online if they want to connect with people who may no longer attend church but can still be reached via social media, the Vatican’s digital expert said Tuesday.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, urged Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and nonbelievers.

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A Facebook start page is shown on a smartphone in Surfside, Florida. Aug. 21, 2018. VOA

“Young people are, unfortunately, less present in our churches,” Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told Reuters at a technology conference in Lisbon.

“Social media is a mechanism that allows us to engage in conversations, to engage with people who otherwise would never come across us and who we are.”

Pope Francis has nearly 18 million Twitter followers and his posts are widely shared, but not all church leaders are following his example, Tighe said.

“In the beginning, some Catholics said social media was nasty and that we should stay out of it,” he said.

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Apr. 1, 2018. VOA

“We have been trying to convince them that the digital arena is a hugely significant part of people’s lives.

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“We had to learn to listen to younger people who live in that [digital] environment, and to understand from them what they find helpful and supportive.”

It was the Irish bishop’s second year at the annual Web Summit — Europe’s biggest technology conference, which this year brought together 70,000 entrepreneurs and guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (VOA)

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65% Indian Businesses Witness Rise in Online Fraud: Report

The study showed 65 per cent of the Indian consumers expect full transparency from businesses about use of their personal data

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Over the past one year, 65 per cent of Indian businesses have experienced increase in online fraud-related losses, including account takeover attacks and fraudulent account openings, says a report.

In India, 87 per cent of businesses expressed heightened concern about the potentially damaging impact of fraud, said the study by data analytics comapny Experian.

With insights from almost 6,000 Asia Pacific consumers, including India, the report found that the majority (71 per cent) value security as the most important element of an online experience, followed by convenience (15 per cent) and personalisation (14 per cent).

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“While companies continue to innovate on new solutions that enhance the customer experience, there needs to be a focus on reducing the customer’s risk exposure by securing the data and information they currently access,” said Sathya Kalyanasundaram, Country Managing Director, Experian India.

The study showed 65 per cent of the Indian consumers expect full transparency from businesses about use of their personal data.

The report titled “2019 Experian Identity and Fraud Report: Asia-Pacific Edition” highlighted that trusted online relationships are based on businesses providing both a secure environment and seamless consumer experiences. (IANS)