"Cardinal Seán has always embraced new media as a way to connect and communicate with the Catholic community," said Scot Landry, archdiocesan secretary for Catholic media.
"He was the first cardinal in the world to launch a blog in September 2006 (www.CardinalSeansBlog.org)
. He created the Catholic Media Secretariat in 2010 to embrace all forms of media to share the Good News of our faith and to connect Catholics with the Church in new ways. This effort to expand his use of Twitter over the next 4 weeks, and possibly longer, is his latest initiative to leverage social media for the mission of the Church."
The Archdiocese of Boston has developed websites for the Year of Faith (YearofFaithBoston.org) and for the educational campaign on the Church's teachings on end of life issues (SuicideIsAlwaysATragedy.org). The archdiocese is also part of a large coalition of groups from other faiths, from the medical community, and from disabilities advocacy groups that are urging a no vote on Question 2. The coalition's website is www.StopAssistedSuicide.org
Cardinal Seán began his Twitter account in May 2009. @CardinalSean currently has 5,091 followers. Twitter is an online social networking service and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets." It was launched in July 2006. The service has grown rapidly and current has over 500 million active users. Cardinal Seán's tweets can also be viewed at www.twitter.com/cardinalsean