The Vatican is launching an iPhone application, and it chose a San Bernardino priest to deliver the app's inspirational message.
The Rev. Michael Manning, 69, host of a longtime show on Trinity Broadcasting Network, author of several books and recipient of a 2006 papal award, will deliver daily inspirational video messages on the app. The app's release is expected in early April.
The app, sponsored by the Vatican Observatory Foundation, is apparently the first from a Vatican-affiliated institution. The Rev. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said from his Vatican office that he is unaware of any other.
I am delighted to see the Vatican embracing social media! If you a priest, why aren't you blogging? Your ambo isn't enough anymore - get your sermonizin' out there! God has given you the capabilities with the Internet, iPhone apps, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit . . .