During a special teens-only Jubilee at the Vatican this weekend, Pope Francis delivered a strong homily about the power of religion versus technology. "Your happiness has no price," the pontiff told an estimated crowd of 70,000 teenagers gathered in St. Peter's Square. "It cannot be bought and sold: It is not an application you download on a mobile phone. Even the latest version cannot help you to grow and become free in love."
Of course, that's easy to say when your new Instagram account gets over 2.3 million followers in a month and 1.2 billion Catholic followers will fave your every post. But just because the Catholic Church has been relatively quick to adapt its message for social media, that doesn't mean they approve of it replacing religion. In fact, during the same speech on Sunday morning, the Pope held up an iPhone to illustrate how a life without Jesus was like a smartphone with no bars. "Always be sure to go where there is a network," Pope Francis said, referring to a support network of "family, parish, school," rather than an actual network of cellular towers. He followed the sermon by receiving confession from 16 lucky teenagers and snapping a selfie.
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