The Pope is More Cyber than We Know

By Kiran Aditham 

While he still opts to handwrite his speeches rather than use a computer, 82-year-old Pope Benedict XVI still has his holy ears to the ground when it comes to technology.

Bloomberg takes an extensive look into Big Papa’s usage of cyberspace, which includes a Vatican YouTube channel launched in early 2009, a podcast of his Christmas mass and for the first time ever, a webcam that broadcasts the Pope’s appearances from his apartment window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope’s goal overall it seems is to stave off declines in church attendance by reaching out to jaded youth and welcoming them to the Catholic fold via popular online outlets. And what better way than a MySpace playlist in which the Pope proves he’s gangsta by including a Tupac song in the mix. The Bloomberg piece provides details about more Vatican efforts to tap into tech, including opening multiple Facebook accounts and developing videogames and mobile apps.

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