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Archbishop requests SMS-free Good Friday

An Italian archbishop has asked Catholics in his archdiocese to refrain from sending mobile phone text messages for a day as a sacrifice to God.

Gerardo Pierro, Archbishop of Salerno, is proposing Good Friday as the 'day of short messages abstinence'.

He says Good Friday should be spent in meditation and not interrupted, according to a report in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

"I'm asking this little sacrifice to my faithfuls to make clear the church's position," he said. "In a world dominated by the culture of possession, we should try to focus more on meditation, and leaving behind our mobile phones for a day will surely help."

Archdiocese of Salerno


22 Mar 2002