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Pope Benedict XVI was given an iPod nano today by a group of Vatican Radio employees. In honor of the pope’s first visit to the radio’s broadcasting headquarters, he was presented with a 2GB white nano pre-loaded with special Vatican Radio programming and classical music. It was engraved with the words “To His Holiness, Benedict XVI” in Italian.

“The pope’s new 2GB digital audio player already was loaded with a sampling of the radio’s programming in English, Italian and German and musical compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky,” reports the Catholic News Service. “The iPod also contains an English-language radio drama on the life of St. Thomas a Becket and a 10-minute feature on the creation of Vatican Radio, with original sound clips of the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi, and Vatican Radio’s founder, Pope Pius XI.”

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1

What? No “Brokeback…” parodies?

Posted by Hrothgar on March 3, 2006 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

2

“... and musical compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky…”

Little did the Pope know that the music is pirated.

Posted by anon on March 3, 2006 at 8:37 PM (PDT)

3

Knowing the collection of stuff the Catholic church stole, sorry “acquired” during the past 1500 years, they probably own the intellectual property rights to all the classic artists…

Posted by Michael on March 3, 2006 at 9:37 PM (PDT)

4

“the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi”...  Horse Feathers!  Nikoli Tesla invented the radio and published his papers in several different languages, including Italian, a few years before Marconi decided to “invent” it for his personal gain.

Posted by Dave on March 3, 2006 at 9:45 PM (PDT)

5

Wait a minute - an iPod pre-loaded with music! Don’t let the RIAA hear about this.

Posted by Bart on March 3, 2006 at 10:23 PM (PDT)

6

2 GB?  You’d think they could have at least sprung for the 4 GB.  Guess they need their pennies to cover all those lawsuits.

Posted by Food on March 3, 2006 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

7

“Music > Artists > The Game > The Documentary > Church For Thugs (Produced by Just Blaze)”

Posted by Jack Bauer on March 4, 2006 at 1:55 AM (PDT)

8

...the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconiâ€?...  Horse Feathers!

Dave: every group—including the Italians—is entitled to their dillusions. Though I wonder if a German-born Pope would be so accepting as to deny an Austrian-Hungarian born (sorta like German…well, maybe…if one really, REALLY squints) Serb-American (i.e., Tesla) his due.

Then again, the Canadians also have their own radio inventor (Fessenden, who supposedly was the first to broadcast voice as opposed to code), and if one ignores the science (or lack thereof) behind the patents, there’s a couple of Americans (Ward, Loomis) who managed to score a couple of patents between themselves for a similar theory of wireless commnunications in the 1870s, even if there’s some real debate on whether the theory really worked or it was all smoke and mirrors (the earliest successful experiments supposedly took place in 1866, decades before Tesla’s own working experiments).

And here people thought the patent office’s incompetence was a recent thing.

Posted by flatline response on March 4, 2006 at 4:24 AM (PDT)

9

It’s weird.
I don’t believe in God(s) but I read the reactions there, and I can only imagine the fury of Jewish or Muslim believers if these comments were directed to them.
But as long as it’s the catholic church, it’s ok to bash them.

Posted by Jack Dulles on March 4, 2006 at 7:19 AM (PDT)

10

Hey Jack…

It’s probably one of two things:  Either, it’s ok for members of a community to poke fun or ridicule their own community.  Or, it’s an indication that the children of one of Abraham’s three sons are a little more laid back than those of the other two.

I s’pose there’s a third option… and you are about to go on a crusade against all these blasphemers.

smile

Posted by Jason on March 4, 2006 at 7:44 AM (PDT)

11

Oh.. personnaly I don’t care, and since my favorite movie is Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” I’ve got my own view about believers… but frankly imagine one second a joke about jewish people (Ipod related, of course, to stay ontopic), I bet it would be erased in the next 2 hours.

Posted by Jack Dulles on March 4, 2006 at 8:11 AM (PDT)

12

Does the Pope have any OTHER pop culture gadgetry in his posession that we may not know about, or is the iPod really THAT popular, that even the Pope has to have one…..?

Posted by ahMEmon on March 4, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

13

Yeah hold on a tic… giving away and/or selling a pre-loaded iPod is illegal! WTF?

Guess the pope is above the law…?

Posted by Werewolf on March 4, 2006 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

14

Wait a minute - an iPod pre-loaded with music! Don’t let the RIAA hear about this.

What kind of authority would the RIAA have in Vatican City?

Posted by Ayala on March 4, 2006 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

15

The next commercial…PopePod

Posted by cheathamcc on March 4, 2006 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

16

Here’s some songs to add to the Pope’s Playlist:

“Poke at the Pope (That’s What We’re Havin’)” by Donovan
“Vicar in a Tutor” by The Smiths
“Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones
“Jesus Is Just Alright with Me” by the Doobie Brothers
“Like a Prayer” by Madonna
“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
“Devil Inside” by INXS
““Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin (and for good punishment the Disco Version from 1979)
“The Lord’s Prayer” by Sister Janet Mead (Australian nun rocks ou—you go, girl!)
“Devil with a Blue Dress On” by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

Posted by JonnyOneNote on March 4, 2006 at 4:51 PM (PDT)

17

What—no Black Eyed Peas????

Posted by randomperson on March 4, 2006 at 7:33 PM (PDT)

18

“There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.”
-the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen

I invite all of you who are brave enough to approach the Church with an open mind and a sincere heart.  You don’t have to convert; just learn more about what is apparently a sore subject for some of you.  You may be surprised at the beauty of what you find when you honestly and humbly search for the truth.  And, as a bonus, you may just replace your bitterness with understanding and peace!
Viva il Papa Benedetto!

Posted by siena on March 4, 2006 at 10:20 PM (PDT)

19

I’ve researched plenty over the years and lets just say that none of the information I found made me want to convert in any way. Not like I would have anything to convert to…

Religion is like an opinion. It does nothing but blind you from another possible truth. Eventually, possibilities become realities… eventually.

Posted by Werewolf on March 4, 2006 at 11:20 PM (PDT)

20

XD fro somereason I find this hilarious,you would think they might spring for the video one or somthing better.I have a couple of suggestions for Mr. Benedict

“I contsantly thank God for esteban”-Panic! At the Disco

C.U.R.B- Relient K

Posted by Breann on March 5, 2006 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

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