Pope Benedict uses his Apple iPad 2 for first tweet to launch new Vatican website (with video)

In a new video, Pope Benedict XVI uses his Apple iPad 2 to visit a new Vatican website. To launch the Vatican’s new news portal, news.va, Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet, “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.”

“It’s a way to celebrate his 60th ordination anniversary and also to keep up to date with technology,” explains Rome Reports.

The Pope’s iPad 2 includes a short video created by Rome Reports which highlights the story of his priestly vocation and also includes an interview with the Pope’s brother Georg Ratzinger, who is also a priest.

Source: Rome Reports

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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38 Comments

    1. God is now on Apple’s side, therefore the devil must be on Android’s side and all Android users are followers of the devil. Don’t be minions of Satan, switch to iOS and Apple.

      1. @Moe Skoski

        Keep your goddamn religious beliefs to yourself and not comparing your gods and devils to REAL world stuff like apple and android. Its misguided fools like you that make people lose respect for religions.

  1. Big woop. Doesnt anyone see the irony of a guy who supposedly is “Gods” holy representative on earth who scorns homosexuality especially gay marriage and concurrently seems to try to protect pedophiliac priests as using a device made by a company that had employees make a “It gets better” youtube video? Organized religion is holding humanity back, unless its Buddhism which is more of a philosophy anyway.

    1. The Pope seems like a very nice person. I would think that he would get very tired of all of the genuflecting and ring kissing, though.

      There is actually some irony between the intolerance of the message and the tolerance of the Word. Homosexuality has been around for a very long time and occurs in many species. Something made them that way – God, if you like – so it doesn’t make much sense to me to exclude them from the same legal privileges enjoyed by others. You don’t have to let them get married in your church if it goes against your beliefs. But that in no way justifies denying them access to legal marriage. Extend the brotherly love tolerance to everyone and you might just have something that more people can support.

  2. God Bless Him! He made the right choice getting an iPad.
    May God inspire him other great choices for humanity.
    His role as a leader is important whether one likes it or not.

  3. It’s really sad that people that people need to spout off about their thoughts about Christianity or religion in general, trying to show how enlightened they are that they don’t have any particular faith. Enlightened they may be, but polite to those who have that faith, they are not.

    1. 2nd.
      Tolerance, many do NOT have it.

      You want to be Atheist/Agnostic? Ask me if I care?….
      But if I am not… you proselytize your beliefs beyond what most “Bible Thumpers” do.
      At least when the Mormon’s come knocking, and I tell them no thanks… They say “have a nice day” and leave…

  4. It didn’t exactly look like he was “using” an iPad. The first time he tried to tap the blue “publish” button, he pressed it and held it. It didn’t respond to his input. You can see the the other guys fighting to push it again for him.

    There is a bit of a timing issue when it comes to using an iPad for the first time. I see newbies struggling with the timing all the time. Either they tap too fast of too slow. You can see the same thing at the beginning when the guy in the suit tries to launch Safari. He pressed it too fast, then he had to press it again.

  5. You know, I used to feel a certain degree of respect for the Catholic Church and its hierarchy.
    But the revelations of their ongoing protection and enabling of pedophile priests, and their continuing refusal to own up to their moral culpability while trying to cast blame elsewhere, has destroyed any last speck of respect that I felt.
    I now see Benedict and most of the current cardinals and bishops as no better than any other contemporary criminal association. Worse than many, in fact.

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