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Techy Pope Francis Signs Self Up For World Youth Day

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 5:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Pope Francis has used a tablet computer to sign himself up for next year’s World Youth Day in Poland, during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

The pontiff was joined by two young people as he extended an invitation to the world’s Roman Catholic youth to join him in Krakow from July 25-31, 2016.

In Krakow, an electronic clock was installed on the Renaissance Holy Mary Basilica to count the days remaining until the event, initiated by Polish-born St. John Paul II.

The late pontiff’s secretary, Card. Stanislaw Dziwisz, celebrated a Mass to draw attention to the youth festival, while Krakow residents danced a traditional Polonaise dance in the vast Market Square in a gesture of invitation.

At the Vatican, the young man and young woman joined Francis in prayer for the release of the Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria as well as for the release of Orthodox bishops being held “and all the other people in conflict zones who have been kidnapped.”

Pope Francis called for renewed action by local and international authorities to win their release from captivity.