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Vatican launches Facebook application

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has entered the world of
social networking sites and smartphones with a Vatican portal that
includes Facebook and iPhone applications.
The Pope2You Web site was launched Thursday and allows Facebook
users to send virtual postcards with photos of Benedict. An
application for iPhone and iPod Touch gives surfers video and audio
news on his travels and speeches, as well as on Catholic events
worldwide.
The new portal is the latest update in the Vatican's efforts to
broaden the pope's audience and reach out to young people. Earlier
this year, Benedict got his own YouTube channel.
While wary of the potential pitfalls of new media, Benedict has
also encouraged young Catholics to use the Internet to spread the
church's message.


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