Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Viral Pope

No, he doesn't have an infection. Viral is term for public relations or marketing that has to do with reaching individuals through social networks- such as the internets. Pope Benedict, in preparation for his trip to the U.S., has released a video greeting. Currently, it is only available on CNN's website. It is an easy listen, about 5 minutes long- though you will have to endure a commercial, and lets just say the Vatican didn't pick them!

Here are some parts I particularly enjoyed:
Dear friends, I say this because I am convinced that without the power of prayer, without that intimate union with the Lord, our human endeavors would achieve very little. Indeed this is what our faith teaches us. It is God who saves us, he saves the world, and all of history. He is the shepherd of his people. I am coming, sent by Jesus Christ, to bring you his word of life.
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I shall come to United States of America as Pope for the first time, to proclaim this great truth: Jesus Christ is hope for men and women of every language, race, culture, and social condition. Yes, Christ is the face of God present among us. Through him, our lives reach fullness, and together, both as individuals and peoples, we can become a family united by fraternal love, according to the eternal plan of God the Father.
How is that for a friendly hello?

CNN link again

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