Irish Priests Viewing DVD Screeners & The Strange Downloading Habits Of The Vatican Pirates!

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In a WTF tale of religion and piracy, TorrentFreak has discovered some rather interesting (some would say unsettling) information about the questionable material downloaded by pirates in the Vatican – the world’s most religious city!

Their investigation came about after Paul Flynn, owner of a DVD rental store in Limerick, Ireland brought to their attention, the viewing habits of a priest who regularly visits his rental store. Continue Reading

Vatican Tweets About Batman! Is This Proof That The Dark Knight Is The Church’s Favorite Superhero?

Those of you who are adamant that Batman is the greatest and most revered of all the superheroes the world has to offer can pat yourselves on the back and smile smugly as it seems that the Catholic Church has given him the thumbs up too. On Thursday night one of the Vatican’s primary Twitter accounts tweeted a story about Batman and it also appeared on the Vatican Communications Office website! Continue Reading

World’s First Tweeting Pope Benedict XVI Sends His Farewell Tweet To Followers

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Pope Benedict XVI the world’s first ever Pope to have a Twitter account, sent out a farewell tweet to his millions of followers as he prepared to retire from the papacy on Thursday.

As well as being the first Pope to tweet, he is also the first Pope to retire from his position at the helm of the Catholic Church in 600 years! Continue Reading

Oxford and Vatican Libraries To Go Digital

Good news for book nerds, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries have recently announced that they will be digitizing a large portion of their prized works and putting them online. Wow, it’s all a little bit ‘Da Vinci Code’ – who knows what clandestine secrets and ancient mysteries might be revealed to the masses when these works hit the net!
These two libraries are home to some of the most coveted works in history and scholars around the world will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of these texts online.

Some of the material that will make its way from the library vaults to the World Wide Web include the Sifra – one of the oldest Hebrew books in the Vatican’s collections, an Italian Bible from the 12th Century and ‘testimonies’ from revered philosophers like Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Hippocrates to name but a few. These ‘testimonies’ are commentaries and summaries about the works of other authors and provide valuable insights into both these works as well as into the minds of the philosophers that wrote them.

However, scholars and book-geeks should hold onto their mouse-mats for a little while, undertaking a project like this is likely to take some time! It is estimated that digitizing these valuable works will take up to five years. It is not yet clear whether the works will be free to access once they are online or whether interested parties will have to pay a fee in order to get to take a peek. While we all hope they will be free, in either case, having these important works on the internet will dramatically increase the number of people who will get to see them.

The project is being funded from a $3.17 million dollar cash injection provided by the Polonsky Foundation and follows a recent announcement from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem about the decision to begin uploading approximately 80,000 documents relating to the late great Albert Einstein.

Whilst there is something truly magical about the experience of picking up an ancient book, carefully turning the delicate pages turned yellow from age and pouring over the insights that are recorded there, the act of digitizing these works is a really significant one.

In the past, many of these works were only accessible to the privileged few, the upper-echelons of society so to speak – now although most people could get into the libraries if they really wanted to, they would still have to get to Rome or Oxford! Getting these works onto the internet where they can be accessed by pretty much anyone in the world is a wonderful thing for the spread of knowledge and information.

(Via Geekosystem)