The Vatican endorses iPhone prayer app, announces Pope Benedict XVI YouTube channel

“The Vatican–which recently endorsed an iPhone [and iPod touch] prayer app and gave its blessing to gadget evangelism–is displaying further receptivity to technology with Saturday’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will get his own YouTube channel,” Leslie Katz reports for CNET.

“According to the Associated Press, the Vatican TV Center and Vatican Radio are collaborating with Google on the project, and texts and video of the Pope’s speeches, as well as news about the pontiff, will be posted directly to the channel. More details on the project will be released [this week], the Vatican press office said,” Katz reports.

“Catholic Church officials have said that consumer electronics are necessary for distributing the Bible in today’s world,” Katz reports. “iBreviary [was] the iPhone [and iPod touch] app that got a nod from church officials. Created by the Rev. Paolo Padrini and Web designer Dimitri Giani, it allows users to load the iBreviary prayer book, prayers for saying a Catholic Mass, and other prayers. The with-it Pope even got a white Apple iPod Nano as a gift and uses acronyms in his text messages. He famously signed a mobile text sent to gatherers at last year’s Catholic youth day rally in Sydney, Australia with ‘BXVI.'”

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