Friday, April 08, 2005

More on Cellphones and the Pope

Apparently, despite the No Photography allowed edict issued by the church, mourners have been using their cellphones to snap pictures of the dead pope – a souvenir after their extended wait in line to see the body.

The New York Times says:
Mr. Parente and seven friends had waited for 12 hours outside for their 30-second photo opportunity with the pope's body, and he wanted to make the most of it. "You had to shoot very quickly," he said, zooming in on the image on his tiny screen, two red shoes preceding a body robed in red. "He's such a big part of history, and no one can take his place."
It is not clear what most of the pilgrims plan to do with the millions of images of the pope's body that are now stored within thousands of cellphones.
Luca Sabeta, 34, a policeman from Bolzano, Italy, who had driven 322 miles, said he would save the dozens of pictures for his two teenage children. "But never for a screensaver, or something like that - it's more of a spiritual memento," he said.

“The ubiquitous "cellulare" has had a more practical role this week, too. In the past 24 hours, the Italian Civil Protection Agency sent out a series of text messages, telling cellphone users when the line to see the pope would be shut.”


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