Cardinal recommends Twitter for prayer


The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has urged believers to send their prayers the modern way.

Cardinal Sean Brady, speaking at a Mass in County Mayo on Sunday, urged social network users to start sending daily prayers by text, Twitter or e-mail.

The cardinal made the appeal as he unveiled a statue of Fr. Patrick Peyton, known as “the Rosary Priest”.

Peyton, a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, founded the Family Rosary Crusade for which he coined the famous slogan “The family that prays together, stays together.”

“In the name of Fr. Peyton, I appeal to every Christian in Ireland today who sends texts, Twitters or uses e-mail to think about setting up groups of prayer between you and your friends using these modern means of communication,” said the cardinal.

“I ask young people in particular to think of sending their friends and family an occasional Twitter or text to say that you have prayed for them.”

Peyton lived in the Philippines for a long time, promoting prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin. He died in 1992 and is now on his way to sainthood.

Joey Velasco, a Filipino painter and sculptor, made the seven-foot bronze sculpture of the Irish priest.