Pope 2 txt Austrians

Austria's Catholic Church has launched a daily SMS service from Pope Benedict in preparation for a September visit by the pontiff.

EarthTimes reports that Austrian Catholic will be able to receive a daily SMS from the pope from this week until the eve of the pope's visit in early September.

Monday's SMS offered the following to the mobile phone congregation: "God is not some far-away higher being that cannot be approached. He is very close, in hearing range, always accessible."

Bishop Egon Kapellari said in a statement that, "with new communication channels like SMS and mobile services, we want to bring the visit of Pope Benedict XVI even closer to the people."

The "Thoughts of the Day", consisting of carefully chosen quotes, are intended to encourage reflections "about God, Christian faith, the nature of humans and the meaning of life", the statement said, adding that the service is free.

Also available are a mobile phone picture of the pope, songs to be sung at festivities during his visit and chants performed by the monks of Heiligenkreuz monastery - another venue of the pope's visit.

To get in the right spirit for the upcoming visit, the bells of Vienna's St Stephen's cathedral and Mariazell basilica can also be downloaded as a ringtone.

Austria's Catholic faithful to get a daily SMS from Pope Benedict (EarthTimes, 1/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Papal Austrian Visit
Catholic Church in Austria
Heilegenkreuz Abbey
St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna (Wikipedia)

Archbishop requests SMS -free Good Friday (CathNews, 22/3/02)

2 Aug 2007