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Monday, April 04, 2005

The passing of the Pope

My condolences on the death of the Pope to all Catholics. He surely was a great man, with great leadership skills.

He also moved the church into a more conservative direction, but it appears as if this didn't stop the Vatican to use modern technology to announce his death on Saturday.

Reuters writes that it took the Vatican just 15 minutes after his death to sent journalists an SMS message alerting them to a pending statement.

Television networks across the globe were already on standby a minute later when the email communique was beamed to a sea of state-of-the-art handheld computers, purchased by journalists at the suggestion of the Vatican. "TV spectators across the globe learned of the Pope's death even before the thousands of faithful gathered in prayer below the Pope's window in St. Peter's Square.

Archbishop Leonardo Sandri only informed them minutes later and their reaction -- a long round of applause, an Italian custom -- was captured on television in real time. "

(By Asia Business Consulting)