Pope lights up Christmas 'tree' via tablet

2011-12-08 08:30

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI has illuminated a huge Christmas tree lighting display in Umbria by tapping on a tablet computer from the comfort of the Vatican.

Benedict brought the "tree" to life on Wednesday with a Sony Tablet S, thanks to a wireless connection with the local electric grid.

In reality the "tree", billed as the world's biggest, is a display made up of nearly 1 000 lights on a mountainside in Gubbio.

It is 450m by 750m and covers an area of 130 000m², or just under 30 soccer fields.

The 84-year-old Benedict has embraced new technology: Earlier this year, he tweeted for the first time and put the Vatican's news information portal online by tapping on an iPad.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-08 09:23

    The Pope lighting up a pagan symbol of norse woodsmen. ha ha ha

      Phoenix - 2011-12-08 10:07

      A Sony Tablet S??? Could he not just pray it on?

      NuttyZA - 2011-12-08 15:25

      No need for prayer either... he could have just used the the dark side of the force...

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