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Facebook Accidentally Deletes Palin's Anti-Mosque Post, Promptly Apologizes

Share A few days ago, Republican prizefighter Sarah Palin posted a Facebook note titled 'An Intolerable Mistake on Hallowed Ground.' In the statement, Palin railed against a proposal to build a new mosque near the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, comparing the proposed construction to a "stab in the heart" for many Americans. [Ed. Note: As New Yorkers who pass this daily, we'd like...

Priest Auctions Confessional on eBay as 'a Small Bar,' Archdiocese Not Amused

The Catholic Church has lately dived into the digital revolution with an uninhibited enthusiasm, exploring new ways to reach parishioners and potential converts alike. This may be attributable to Pope Benedict XVI, whose digital-ecumenical efforts have included championing the Internet as a way for Catholics to share their faith, establishing the Vatican's YouTube channel and even asking followers...

Church Crosses Get Updated as Cell Towers, But What Message Does It Send?

Does God like cell phones? For a couple of churches in the U.S., religious iconography has has been updated with high-tech function, and that sends quite a message. Rolling Hills Moravian Church in Longwood, Florida partnered with T-Mobile last month to propose a cross-shaped cell phone tower, although we gather that it's still under debate by the county. Even more recently, St. Gregory's...

Nuns Turn to Goldie the RSS Reader to Feed Prayer Sessions

Update: This post has been updated to reflect information provided to us by the actual designers of Goldie, The Interaction Research Studio. The Poor Clares in York are about as archaic as a religious order can get, with roots dating back to the 13th century and a 145-year-old covenant in northern England. Though the Franciscan nuns have taken a vow of silence, and eat a strict vegetarian...

Pakistani Government Plans to Monitor Google, YouTube for 'Blasphemous Material'

The Facebook-fueled, 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' controversy may have subsided, but the Pakistani government is still doing its best to make sure it never flares up again. According to Reuters, Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology has placed seven major websites under stronger governmental surveillance in an attempt to guarantee that none of the sites contain "blasphemous material."...

Italian Priest Develops iPad Mass App for Catholic Services

Need to conduct Mass? Starting in July, there's an app for that. According to the AP, an Italian priest has created an iPad application that contains the entire missal -- the text used to conduct Mass throughout the liturgical year. The Reverend Paolo Padrini's unnamed free app will launch next month in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. Two years ago, Padrini developed the iPhone app,...

Pakistan Blocks Facebook After Muhammad Caricature Contest

A Pakistani court has ordered the government to block access to Facebook due to a contest involving images of the Prophet Muhammad, and has also asked that the foreign ministry investigate the roots of the competition. The government has complied, telling ISPs in the country to block Facebook and any other site displaying caricatures of the prophet, but the sites have not received court orders as...

U.K. Methodist Church Offers Daily Prayer iPhone App

While the Pope inches the Catholic Church toward the digital age with the patience of Job, another church to the north continues to spread its technological wings far and wide, touching the blogosphere, the pearly gates of Twitter, and, most recently, the realm of smartphone apps. According to the BBC, the Methodist Church in England has just launched its very own app for the iPhone and iPod...

Vatican Says 'Text the Pope!' as Response to Scandals, Catholic Kids All Like, 'OMG'

We bet the priest who cooked up the Vatican's new text-the-Pope program fancies himself a Father Fonzie, of sorts. He knows the kids -- what they "dig" and what "bums them out." The former? Texting. And the latter? Pedophilia. In response to the recent resignation of a German bishop, who has admitted to beating orphans and is facing accusations of pedophilia, the Catholic Church is offering its...

Pope Benedict XVI Warns of Internet Conformity, Urges Critical Thought

Pope Benedict XVI (who loves the Internet, but is wishy-washy when it comes to abuse allegations) says that we need to be more critical of the information we get from the Web. The Pontiff recently said at the Italian Bishops' Conference that Net surfers ought to be wary of the "dangers of conformity, of control, of moral and intellectual relativism, which can already be recognized in the decline...

CatholicTV Introduces 3-D Televised Religious Experience

The Catholic Church may be embroiled in a grotesque child abuse scandal, but the controversy certainly hasn't prevented one ecclesiastical TV station from taking its digital dogma to the third dimension. As NPR reports, Boston's CatholicTV has become the first religious media outlet to openly embrace 3-D technology by directly incorporating it into its pious programming. Upon opening the 3-D...

Churchrater.com Helps Worshippers Find the Right Spot for Them

If you're looking for a great restaurant, you can go to Yelp or any other review site to browse through thousands of individual culinary recommendations. And if you're in the market for a great church, you can do the exact same thing, thanks to a growing number of sites devoted exclusively to consumer-rated houses of prayer. On Churchrater.com, users exchange opinions and insights on their holy...

3-D Shroud of Turin Ticks Off Church Officials

Coming this spring: His mother was a virgin. He was the son of God. He died for your sins. And on the third day he was resurrected... In 3-D! That's what a group of monks in Turin, Italy is hoping will entice pilgrims to stop in their book shop and spend some dough on their way to see the Shroud of Turin. In what officials from the Catholic Church have suggested is a crass commercialization...

British Bishop Taking Prayers Via Facebook and Text

The religions of the world have had no choice but to enthusiastically embrace technology. The Dalai Lama is now on Twitter, the same social network that hosted the Passion story for a NYC church, Jews can Tweet prayers to the Western Wall, and there is even a Web service that will do your praying for you. So when Bishop Robert Evens, or Bishop Bob as he's known, was in well-tread territory when he...

The Dalai Lama Has Come to Twitter... For Real

Share No one really knows what went down during last week's closed-door meeting between Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, but at least we now know about the small miracle that transpired when His Holiness recently met with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. After last year's fake Dalai Lama Twitter account tricked 16,000 people into following it, the Tibetan spiritual leader has apparently...