VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has called on the faithful to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for messages.
Francis urged a packed St. Peter’s Square following his weekly Angelus blessing Sunday to give the Bible the same place in daily life as cellphones, asking: “What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones.”
A study last year by the research company dscout found that the average smartphone user spends 2.42 hours on their device each day — no doubt significantly more time than many spend with the Bible.
The pope’s latest message was a twist on his own frequent use of social media to reach the faithful, including regular messages on Twitter.
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