pope2you

22 05 2009

The Vatican has launched a new website pope2you.net that looks pretty cool but  the site was sluggish as of Friday Japan time.   I think they really underestimated the traffic and the server is swamped.

VATICAN CITY — 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 and excerpts from his messages. An application for iPhone and iPod Touch gives surfers video and audio news on the pope’s travels and speeches, as well as on Catholic events worldwide.

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I went to facebook and tried to log on to their app, which didn’t work at the time, hoping they might have a papal profile as part of the package.  Yeah I know as if they would have  a profile where people could be friends with the pope but I though hey you never know.  Well it turns out there wont be any papal profile… for now.

The prelate said the cards are sent by way of an application from Facebook, although he made it clear that the “Pope will not appear on Facebook with his own profile.”

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If they ever do put up a profile I bet the pope will have the most friends ever.  I also think their website should have a store selling B16 tshirts, his books, and so on.  You know official Vatican merchandise for those who cant go to Rome or people like me who went but still want souvenirs.

They also have an iPhone & iPodtouch news app.

The application is available in eight languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, and Chinese.

Hey that’s not fair they should add Japanese too!  Its highly unlikely the app will be blocked by the J government which is more than I can say for China which, sadly, is probably censoring it as we speak.


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23 05 2009
Anthony OPL

The cost (in money and man-hours) required to translate and sustain an application into Japanese would never be worthwhile, considering the state of Catholicism in Japan. Very few young people, both numerically and proportionately, with not much attachment to the Holy Father.

That said, if this were available in Japanese, and priests here were to actively promote unity with the Holy See, it could become a vehicle for growth of Catholicism amongst Japanese youth.

27 05 2009
Gabriella

I also believe that Internet is a fantastic vehicle for the education of Catholics everywhere.
God bless🙂

31 05 2009
vee8

Vatican Radio already has a Japanese site as well sites in many other languages. If they can do that adding some stuff in Japanese aimed at the youth cant be that hard.
http://www.radiovaticana.org/gia/index.asp

The key as you said is promotion. I think St. Franics Xavier wasnt the only shot at bringing Catholicism to Japan, it is an ongoing process, and its something we all have to work at.

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