Friday, April 22, 2005

If you want to e-mail the new pope to congratulate him. Go ahead, he is waiting. Pope Benedict XVI had an Internet fan club even when he was cardinal. Now the Vatican has taken the logical next step by giving him a papal e-mail address.

...he must reading his e-mails!

VATICAN CITY — Got a prayer or a problem for the new Pope? Now you can e-mail him.
Showing that Pope Benedict XVI intends to follow in the footsteps of John Paul's multimedia ministry, the Vatican on Thursday modified its website so that users who click on an icon on the home page automatically activate an e-mail composer with the Pope's address.
In English, the address is
In Italian:
John Paul, who died April 2, was the first pope to use e-mail, a medium that made its debut during his 26-year papacy. The Vatican said he received tens of thousands of messages in his final weeks as he struggled with illness.
In 2001, sitting in the Vatican's frescoed Clementine Hall, John Paul used a laptop to tap out an apology for Roman Catholic missionary abuses against indigenous peoples of the South Pacific.
The Vatican also used e-mail to notify journalists of John Paul's death.
The Holy See often issues news or documents to journalists via e-mail, and its labyrinth of obscure offices and councils are online in half a dozen languages. Even the Sistine Chapel, with its famed art collection, offers a virtual reality tour.