High-Tech Pope to World Youth: Bless U

Church looks to reach young Catholics with text messages
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted May 7, 2008 8:18 AM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI looks at the cross during a ceremony in which he ordained 29 new priests, in St. Peter Basilica.   (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)
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(Newser) – The Catholic Church is going digital. During July’s World Youth Day in Sydney, Pope Benedict will reach out to the 225,000 young Catholics in attendance by text message, "using new ways to connect with today's tech-savvy youth," a spokesman tells Reuters.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Sydney took to YouTube to announce a social-networking site for pilgrims attending the 6-day event, the Morning Herald reports. "We have an ancient message but it has to be explained in terms that are comprehensible to all generations," he said.