Pope, like Moses, moving to a tablet?

The pope gets help using an iPad to launch the Vatican's new news portal last June. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

UPDATE: Turns out he used a Sony S Tablet.

Apparently Pope Benedict XVI is not using an iPad tomorrow to light the ginormous outline of a Christmas tree on the side of Mount Ingino.

Last month it was reported that the pope would use an iPad from his Vatican residence to light the tree, which is in the Italian town of Gubbio. But today, Vatican Information Service reported that the pope will touch the screen of a Sony tablet with an Android operating system.

No word yet on whether the initial reports that the pope would use an iPad were based on an erroneous assumption that since the pope used an iPad last June to launch the new Vatican news portal he would do the same tomorrow. Our intrepid Rome bureau is checking it out.

Meanwhile, initial reaction from bloggers and technogeeks has been mixed. Rocco Palmo, author of the popular Whispers in the Loggia blog, called the pope an “apostate” (undoubtedly with tongue firmly in cheek). Clayton Emmer, who may have been first to notice the switch to Sony, called it an “ecumenical gesture.”

As a recent iPad convert who still has one foot firmly in the Windows operating system and who has witnessed the battle for PC, Mac and Android supremacy,  I would tend to agree with the latter.

Oblate priest in Philippines named 2011 Aquino Fellow

The U.S. Embassy to the Philippines has named an Oblate priest a 2011 Aquino Fellow for his outstanding work in journalism.

Oblate Father Eduardo Vasquez was chosen for his video documentary work in troubled Maguindanao province. Our friends at UCA News have a great photo of Father Vazquez at work as well as a story about him.

Look for Father Vasquez in the United States: As an Aquino Fellow, he will participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program. He and other fellows will spend three weeks in the States, meeting with American counterparts, learning about the government and experiencing the country’s cultural and social life.

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