Vatican gives its blessing to gadget evangelism

Catholic Church officials say using consumer electronics is a necessary way to distribute the Bible.

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More than 500 years after Johannes Gutenberg produced the first Bible with a movable type press, the Vatican has deemed the printed word no longer sufficient as the only way to spread The Word.

At a gathering of Catholic bishops this month, church officials said that the Bible should be available in all relevant forms of communication in today's Digital Age.

Besides printed text, "The voice of the divine word must also resonate over the radio, Internet channels with virtual online distribution, CDs, DVDs, iPods, and on television and cinema screens," an official statement read.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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