Pope OKs indulgences for the tweeting classes

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 25, 2011 Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli shows to journalists the new portal, www.news.va, during a press conference at the Vatican. The Vatican is offering indulgences for "virtual" participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, but there's a hitch. The Vatican's social media guru, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, warned Friday that merely checking the pope's Twitter feed won't result in an indulgence, the ancient church tradition related to forgiving sins that roughly amounts to a "get out of Purgatory free" card. Rather, Celli told The Associated Press, a Catholic seeking an indulgence for participating in Rio, either physically or virtually, must truly be contrite and have a moment of deepening faith. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other "virtual" participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro — but there's a hitch.


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