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MAY 19 2009 12:14h

Vatican Launching Pope`s Facebook Account

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he leads a canonisation mass of five new saints at the Saint Peter`s square in Vatican

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Application called `Pope Meets you on Facebook` will enable sending and receiving virtual postcards.

Trying to increase the popularity of Pope Benedict XVI among younger generations, especially those who use the internet, Vatican will launch the Holy Father`s profile on Facebook social networking site, Archbishop Claudio Celli told Sky TG 24 network in an interview.

The Pope has supported a YouTube channel at the start of the year, which regularly updates information about his activities.

- The pope is inviting us to promote a culture of dialogue, of respect and friendship, especially among young people - Celli said, who is the head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

- We think this pontifical council itself has to use new technologies to promote new relationships around the world and we must take advantage of what the new technologies are offering us at this very moment – Cellini claimed.

Pope`a Facebook profile will be launched on World Communications Day, May 24.

Application called `Pope Meets you on Facebook` will enable sending and receiving virtual postcards.

Celli said that some 20 postcards would be available at first, however, the selection would be updated in time. Pope`s Facebook profile was designed by Italian priest Paolo Padrini.