Italian bishop bans SMS during fasting

Last year, Pope Benedict XVI surprised us when he sent spiritual SMS messages to the young participants of the World Youth Day in Sydney.

But just when we thought the Catholic church was embracing modern technology, an Italian bishop has called upon people to ban SMS during the Lent, the 40 day period of fasting before Easter.  He asked his parishioners to abstain from sending text messages on the 4 Fridays before Easter to allow a moment to escape from the virtual world and to obtain an ‘interior serenity’.  Other bishops were inspired by the action and followed the example.

Italy comes second in the list of European countries with the most consumers of SMS, behind the UK.

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