Pope to Launch Bible Marathon for TV, Internet

Pontiff will lead off six-day reading fest in the fall
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 10:12 PM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI looks out across a crowded St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. He is to address millions more in a marathon Bible reading broadcast on television and the Internet.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI may not have the media cache of his predecessor, but he's working on it. The pontiff will kick off a six-day Bible-reading marathon that will be broadcast live on Italian television and the Internet this fall. The Guardian reports the pope will read aloud the first chapter of Genesis, then be followed by about 1,200 volunteers who will continue reading 'round the clock through Revelation.

A Vatican official called the readathon, scheduled to begin October 5, "an appeal to the Catholic church to go back to studying and deepening its knowledge of the Holy Scriptures." (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)