Lwena, 20 September, 2023 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Martín Lasarte Topolansky of Angola’s Lwena Diocese has cautioned Seminarians in his Episcopal See against “excessive use of social media.”
Speaking at the opening Mass for the 2023/2024 academic year of St. Joseph Major Seminary and St. John Mary Vianney Propaedeutic Seminary in Angola’s Lwena Diocese, Bishop Lasarte said, “Avoid excessive use of social media in order to concentrate on the essentials of your vocation.”
“A seminarian who is on social media every day with his phone, sending WhatsApp to everyone loses concentration,” he said during the Tuesday, September 19 Eucharistic celebration.
The Uruguayan-born member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), whose Episcopal appointment was made public on July 1 recommended “sobriety in the use of the means of communication and sobriety in faith.”
“We need to pass on a word of hope to those who are suffering. We want Seminarians with a big heart for the people,” Bishop Lasarte said.