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Take an iPod Tour of the Pope's Cathedral

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BY The Editors

July 17-30, 2011 Issue | Posted 7/8/11 at 1:27 PM

 

The Vatican has introduced a new-media way to learn about St. John Lateran, reported Catholic News Agency/EWTN News.

As of June 24, pilgrims to the 1,700-year church, which serves as the Pope’s cathedral, can take an audio tour via iPod.

“I can easily say that in Italy there are no examples of experiences like this in religious contexts, probably not even those in museums,” said Jelena Jovanovic, whose company, Antenna International, developed the multimedia device, which includes video, photos and text. The guide also features historical re-enactments.

Bishop Luca Brandolini, the head of pastoral care for the Diocese of Rome, explained, “Unfortunately, our basilicas have become more like noisy meeting places at many times. We need to bring back a place and time for silence. So, I think this audio guide will help achieve that.”