Cardinal to Catholics: Tweet Your Prayers

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 27, 2009 3:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ireland’s Catholic leader is urging the faithful to engage social networking to spread the word of God, the Times reports. “Make someone the gift of a prayer through text, Twitter, or e-mail every day,” Cardinal Sean Brady said. “Such a sea of prayer is sure to strengthen our sense of solidarity with one another and remind those who receive them that others really do care.”

Brady made the remarks at the dedication of a statue of Father Patrick Peyton, the Irish priest who coined the saying “The family that prays together, stays together.” The cardinal said the new exhortation would sit well with the priest, who is on the path to sainthood. “I am sure if there had been mobile phones in his day Father Peyton would have been into texting and Twitter!”

Cardinal Sean Baptist Brady from Ireland receives his golden ring from Pope Benedict XVI during a Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.   (AP Photo)
A Twitter user.   (AP Photo)
Cardinal Sean Baptist Brady of Armagh, Ireland.   (AP Photo)
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