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The Vatican Embraces Technology

In an effort to reach a young people, the Vatican has embraced technology.

The Vatican launched a YouTube channel that is updated daily. As of this writing, it has had over 1.1 million views.

Its newly-launched Pope2You website has Facebook, iPhone and iPod applications. While you probably won't have the Pope on your friends' list in Facebook, you can send and receive virtual postcards. The site reads,

The application Pope2You for Facebook, lets you receive the messages of Pope Benedict XVI through the most important social network of the world. So you can meet the Pope on Facebook, listen to his words, see his pictures, receive his messages of congratulations through "virtual postcards". The postcards can be sent to your "friends" on Facebook and the application can be shared with anyone.

Yesterday (May 24, 2009) was the Vatican's "World Communications Day." Bishop Joseph Duffy, Bishop of Clogher and Chairperson of the Irish Bishops' Communications Commission, introduced World Communications Day 2009 and answered questions about its meaning.

The Vatican posted the Pope's message about spreading the gospel on the Internet last week:

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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