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Vatican launches Catholic blogger summit

The Vatican has launched its first summit for Catholic bloggers, which promises to be one of this year's technological highlights.

As many as 150 saved bloggers will attend the summit, described as a “get-to-know-you event” by Monsignor Paul Tighe, a member of the Vatican's social communications office. We confess weren't aware it had such an office.

The attendees were “chosen” by language groups and a lottery, with some 750 applications for the faith blogging event, according to the Associated Press.

Things were not all rosey in Rome, however, as a group of conservative Catholic bloggers shunned the event and arranged their own, to be held on Tuesday in the second-most-common place of worship, a local pub. The traditional Catholic ritual of eating pizza and downing beer is likely to be the highlight of Tuesday's event.

Tighe said the Catholic Church is beginning to realise that its traditional means of communication are no longer sufficient. He said that the Church won't try to police the blogosphere, which contains many views that are not supported by Catholic doctrine.

The Vatican has been attempting to regain its weakening link with modern culture by embracing technology. Earlier this year the Pope called on Catholics to launch a crusade on the blogosphere, his visit to the UK was shown on a live webcast, while the recent beatification of Pope John Paul II involved official Facebook and Twitter pages and a YouTube channel.

However, Tighe said that it would be unlikely that the Vatican would create its own official blog, while Pope Benedict said recently that technology cannot replace God and can be used for evil. You know how the Devil loves Facebook.

It's not clear if blogging for God ensures a place in Heaven. So far God has failed to clarify the matter on his Twitter account.