There’s an app for that? Benedict XVI will switch on Electronic Christmas Tree via iPad

Yes, you read that right.

From Catholic News Service:

Pope set to light world’s largest Christmas tree using iPad

By Kristin Gobberg
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a tap on an iPad, Pope Benedict XVI will light the world’s largest electronic Christmas tree in the Italian town of Gubbio without having to leave his home in Vatican City.

The City of Gubbio and the Diocese of Gubbio announced at a news conference Nov. 12 that the pope would light the tree via a video link set up by the Vatican Television Center. The tree-lighting ceremony takes place on the evening of Dec. 7, the eve of the Immaculate Conception.From his apartment in Vatican City, the pope will turn on the tree using an application on the iPad 2. Before lighting the tree, the pope will send a video message to the citizens of Gubbio thanking the volunteers on the committee who organized the event and who have been responsible for setting up the tree for decades.

The electronic tree extends more than 2,000 feet upon the face of Mount Igino near Gubbio, and uses more than 25,000 feet of electrical cable. Built in 1981, it was recognized in 1991 by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest Christmas tree and stays lit until the Epiphany.

Such progress!

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3 Responses to There’s an app for that? Benedict XVI will switch on Electronic Christmas Tree via iPad

  1. Maltese says:

    Is this progress….or, a waste of time? :)

    Sometimes “progress” actually slows you down (trust me, I know). For instance, liberals love bureaucracy upon bureaucracy, rule upon rule, new laws protecting grasshoppers, etc. And they call it “progress”, but, really, it’s stupidity. I say, let that town use a good ol’ fashion switch to turn those lights on with, and leave the Pope with his ipad2 to read the Brevery on! (I too have an iBrevery).

    Some consider Traditional Catholics luddites; but, remember, it was a Catholic who invented the printing press (the first book ever published with the printing press was a Vulgate Bible), invented the calculator (Pascal), pioneered genetics (Mendel, a priest), etc….

    But I don’t know if we need to go to extremes to prove ourselves, such as the Pope lighting an electronic Christmas tree with an ipad!

    [Perhaps you are over-analyzing this.]

  2. Maltese says:

    Perhaps you are over-analyzing this. <LOL! Can't argue with you there!

  3. PostCatholic says:

    That much light on the hillside ought to scare off the wolves, anyway. Does Gubbio still have wolves?