Support Benedict XVI With a Text

ROME, MAY 10, 2010 ( If you want to let Benedict XVI know you’re supporting him, but you can’t make it to Rome, send him a text.

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The Italian public television channel Rai Uno reported over the weekend that they are launching a mobile phone number that the faithful can send text messages to, and that all of the texts will be passed onto the Pope.

The initiative will serve as a lead-up to a gathering in St. Peter’s Square on May 16 organized by Italian Church groups to show their support for the Pontiff, who has been the subject of criticism in the media for his handling of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

The messages will also be featured on the Sunday morning television show “in His Image.”

Rosario Carello, programming director for Rai Uno, told Agence France Presse, “It’s a truly unique event, because with this number everyone can show their solidarity without being physically present in St. Peter’s Square.”

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To send a message (international texting rates apply): +39 335 18 63

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