The Pope did, however, preface his endorsement with a warning. In addition to urging Catholic social networkers to be "honest, open, responsible and respectful of others" (one for all internet users, maybe?), he suggested people heed the dangers of leading a predominantly digital existence:
"It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."Again, not the worst advice (though I imagine you'd be less responsive to the bit on how the "Gospel demands to be incarnated in the real world and linked to the real faces of our brothers and sisters").
As an aside, though, I wonder what the Pope would make of products such as Premier Christian Radio's prayer beads app for the iPhone (pictured above), sent to me by an iTunes mole this morning. If virtual contact can't replace human contact, can it replace contact with beads?