Religion Briefs

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Rev. Rick Warren Will Be Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Rick Warren, whose selection to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration has angered gay activists, will be in the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to deliver the keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service.

The Jan. 19 service at King's former church on the federal holiday, marking what would have been his 80th birthday, comes the day before the inauguration ceremony in Washington.

King Center President Isaac Newton Farris Jr. said organizers tapped Warren to speak at the service for his "unifying spirit" and commitment to his conservative faith, which is part of the concept of the "beloved community" embraced by King.

-- Associated Press


New Technology Embraced for Disseminating Prayers

The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by two Italians: a priest and a Web designer.

The application includes the Breviary prayer book in five languages along with prayers of the daily Mass and others.

Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer's World Youth Day in Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims, signed "BXVI."

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