June 27, 2017
Pope Francis is no stranger to innovative ideas. In addition to being a constant advocate for the combination of tech and faith, he also sent his social media guru to SXSW to discuss the importance of being open minded to new technologies in an ever-changing world. Well, it seems he got his wish, as he recently used a mobile app to bless the entire world.
Godblessyoo, the mobile app in question, is developed by the France-based startup GoInPeace. It allows users to share kinds messages and blessings with friends, family, celebrities, coworkers, and anyone else you can think of that deserves a little extra love on a day to day basis.
Earlier this week, Father Geoffroy de la Tousche visited the Vatican to attend a public hearing the Saint Peter’s Square. After the event, he and Sebastien Poncelet, the founder of GoInPeace, approached Pope Francis and asked him if he’d be interested in sending an e-blessing, the term used to described the actions in the app, through the social platform. And naturally, he agreed with a smile.
What you can’t see in the video is Pope Francis’ specific blessing. He blessed an image of the entire planet, a symbolic move considering the recent issues surrounding the Paris Climate Agreement, something he is very passionate about.
“It was important for us that the Pope agreed to bless a picture of the Earth! We are all concerned by our planet and its future. Soon, the app will suggest its users (or godblessRs) to make good actions as planting trees all over the world,” explained Poncelet.
The Pope and the Vatican have become increasingly open to the idea of change, a welcomed changed in and of itself. Pope Francis has led the charge and others have followed, proving once and for all that technology isn’t going anywhere and the need to change with it is more important than anything.
Check out our interview with Bishop Paul Tighe, the adjunct secretary to the Pontifical Council of Culture at the Vatican, at SXSW below and watch out for more papal moves in the tech sector.
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