World Youth Day 2008 is currently underway in Sydney, and event partner Telstra has come up with a few tech-happy ways to enhance the pilgrims' experience.
Chief among its offerings is the Pope SMS, in which free daily inspirational text messages from Benedict XVI are sent to registered Telstra mobile customers.
Like many of his young followers, the Pope is inclined to use a little txt speak when composing his digital missives. The first message transmitted to pilgrims was this: "Young friend, God and his people expect much from u because u have within you the Father's supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus". He signed off as "BXVI".