The Church Wants U 2 Give Up Txting 4 Lent
Benedict thinks technology is ruining young lives
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2009 1:13 PM CST
The pope is totally going to let these two have it.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – If you’re still deciding what to give up for Lent, the Catholic Church has a suggestion: How about Facebook? A handful of Italian dioceses have begun a "stop texting" campaign, the Times reports, urging young people to give up text messaging, Facebook, video games, and other such newfangled activities until Easter. Pope Benedict recently warned that the young are substituting “virtual friendship” for human relationships.

But the campaign isn’t just about self denial. The Archbishop of Modena says renouncing text messaging will also help Africa, since 80% of the world’s coltan, a mineral crucial to mobile phones, laptops and game consoles, comes from war-torn Congo.