Feeds

Catholic schism over mobile icons

Virtual saints spark litany of complaints

Boost IT visibility and business value

A new service is about to launch in Italy offering downloadable images of saints for display on mobile phone screens, to the annoyance of some in the Italian church who feel that technology has no part to play in reinforcing faith.

The Guardian newspaper quotes the bishop of Adria-Rovigo, on Lucio Soravito, who describes the service as a "dreadful idea that has nothing to do with the faith". But Father Antonio Mazzi, who runs a youth-oriented NGO, praises the service as a "modern way to use text messaging to get a religious message through to the young" – though the good Father seems to have trouble distinguishing between text messages and pictures of saints.

Offering "Holy protection always with you on your mobile" for €3 a pop isn't really a new idea - nor is Catholicism the only religion to see its message conveyed using the latest mobile technology.

Youngsters using verses of the Koran as ringtones angered Muslim clerics last year, who argued that interrupting the verse by answering the call was disrespectful to the text and dangerously close to entertainment.

A more comprehensive range of religions, and religious content, is available from MyFaith who offer a range of avatars covering all the popular religions and will deliver wallpaper, devotional messages and notification of religious holidays all for $2.99 a month.

The Santi Protettori service launches on Friday, with a TV campaign, but won't be available outside Italy for the moment at least. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.