Pope’s iPhone App

The Pope’s iPhone application seems like an extension of his YouTube channel, used mostly as a broadcast medium for the Pope’s messages:

“The H2O news application for the iPhone and iPod Touch brings you timely, insightful news about the life of the Church in the world. In collaboration with the Vatican Television Center and Vatican Radio,H2O news connects you with video and audio news from the Vatican.”

As I wrote back when the Vatican joined YouTube, “launching a channel may be a positive first step, but new media is not a broadcast medium: it’s an interactive one.” The new applications seem like a lot more broadcasting, but the ability to share things with friends through the Facebook app is a move in the right direction, and could help expand the online community that the Church clearly sees as an opportunity to bring its members closer together.


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