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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