Pope spreads the Word by SMS
The Pope is spreading the word through a new text messaging service in which he sends subscribers a thought for the day by SMS.
The new service is initially available only in Italian but it will soon also be available in other languages.
Pope John Paul II's messages take the form of a prayer, a thought for the day, or details about saints and cost $A0.28 each.
The idea came from a Milan priest, Don Paolo Zago (pictured), who regularly sends text messages to members of his parish.
They start with a prayer or a passage from the Bible and end with the thought: "If you want to improve the world start with yourself first."
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15 Jan 2003