Pope Francis — who once declared the Internet is a “gift from God” — will host his second Google hangout on Thursday morning. The online dialogue with youngsters who have disabilities or special needs is being hosted by Scolas Occurentes, an educational group launched by the pontiff. In a blog post, Google said the participants are from Brazil, India, Spain and the U.S. “The kids will share a glimpse into their lives and talk about their dreams with Pope Francis — and the world,” the post said.
The pope, whose last hangout was in September, has delivered a tempered message about technology. A year ago, he praised the Internet but expressed concern about the speed and impersonal nature of social media. In August, he warned altar servers not to spent too much time “chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important.”