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"Pope On, Pope Off" John Paul II Signs On

April 22, 2004

Sign on and you too can receive the Pope's daily "Thought of the Day" text message, but sign off to unsubscribe and be in the uncomfortable position of having to text message two words that would make the Vatican cringe, "POPE OFF".  

With this acknowledgement, the church has taken a giant step into our tech savvy world.  What's next?  Oracle 10g??

In the April 19 issue of Newsweek, Malcolm Beith writes,

"Pope John Paul II's offering a remedy: a daily text message to America's most tech-savvy Roman Catholics. For 30 cents a message, Verizon Wireless is offering subscribers a "Thought of the Day" from the pope himself. "He's pretty dexterous," jokes Jeffrey Nelson, a Verizon spokesman. (The messages are lifted from speeches and homiliesóno actual papal typing is involved.) The Irish, British and Italians have been able to subscribe to the service since last year. The question is whether young Americansówho remain slower than the rest of the world in taking to text messagesówill embrace the idea. David Early, spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a believer. "Why would this not work? Young people today are tech-savvy and they are looking for a deeper relationship with their spirituality."



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