Vatican Embraces iTunes Prayer Book

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is endorsing new technology that
brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by two Italians -- a priest and a Web designer.

The application includes the Breviary prayer book in five languages along with prayers of the daily Mass and various other prayers.

Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer's World Youth Day in Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims, signed "BXVI."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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