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Twitter, text, and e-mail can be used every day to send out prayers, suggests Irish Cardinal Sean Brady.

“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,” he said, according to the U.K. Times.

Social networking can bring together pray-ers, but it can also increase the emotion distance between people. CNN reports on a study that found that Twitter is too fast for us to respond compassionately to others’ pain, making us more indifferent to suffering.

"For some kinds of thought, especially moral decision-making about other people's social and psychological situations, we need to allow for adequate time and refection," a researcher told CNN.

So is Twitter a tool for good or evil?

The verdict is still out at U.S. Catholic, but we are giving it a try. Follow us on Twitter, re-tweet our blog posts, or respond to us and let us know what you think.

Another interesting note from the UK Times: Protestant bishops in Germany are trying to Tweet the entire Bible in 140-letter segments.

See also: Vatican Videos

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