Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Pope Offering "Thought for The Day" to Cell Phone Users

Italian cell phone users (which seemed, in my last visit there, to be pretty much the whole population) have been able, since January, to receive a daily message of hope from the Pope.

The message is delivered daily to cell users whose phones have text-messaging capability.

According to the Vatican Information Service, the service is now being extended to Ireland as well:

The service in Ireland can be subscribed to by sending POPE ON as a text message to 53141. This will result in the Pope's daily thoughts being delivered at 12 noon to the subscriber on a daily basis.

In Ireland, the [messages] with Pope John Paul's "thought of the day," which are taken from his homilies, messages and other writings, is offered through all Irish cell phone operators.

The Irish service is the Vatican's first expansion into offering the Pope's daily message in English. There are plans to introduce service in Portuguese to Portugal and Brazil in the near future.

When will it come to the US, I wonder? It would be kind of cool to get a message from the Pope every day!