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May 22nd, 2009
08:21 PM ET

Pope Benedict launches Facebook and iPhone apps

Adam Ostrow
mashable.com

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If Barack Obama is the YouTube President, then Pope Benedict XVI might just be the social media pontiff. The Pope launched a YouTube channel last year, and now, he’s getting onto Facebook, with the launch of his own application, called Pope2You.

Pope2You actually encompasses more than just a Facebook app. There’s now a website that links followers to the existing YouTube Channel, the new Facebook application, and an iPhone app as well.

I’ve found the Facebook app a bit buggy in trying to test it out this morning, but the Vatican describes it like this:  “Pope2You for Facebook lets you receive the messages of Pope Benedict XVI through the most important social network of the world. So you can meet the Pope on Facebook, listen to his words, see his pictures, receive his messages of congratulations through “virtual postcards”. The postcards can be sent to your “friends” on Facebook and the application can be shared with anyone.”

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  1. Linda

    I am happy to see that the Catholic Church is reaching out to different public media masses and really making an effort to reaching the young in order to hear the Good Word.

    May 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    My kids are still irritated that adults are now using facebook; they claim it was just suppose to be for them. Probably they are right, but I like facebook and I think its cool the pope will have a presence on facebook now. Maybe this step by the Vatican is a first in a long series of steps to make the Church relevant again to the younger folks and even to us "adults"!

    May 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  3. Isabel

    Paradox!

    Pope Benedict XVI is so modern for some and so old-fashioned and retrograde for others.

    Much more important to share your messages on Facebook and iPhone would be to have a thought with greater compassion when commenting on condoms or homosexual

    May 22, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  4. rhutch

    @popeB Just sitting here listening to confession ROFL you should get a load of these? Twit me back on what penance I should dole out.

    May 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  5. Suhil Dhar

    Great ! Now one can talk to HH.

    May 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm |