Remote Tree Lighting Ceremony…Really?


Pope Benedict XVI has the distinct honor of lighting the largest Christmas tree in the world tonight in Gubbio, Italy.  It has over 1000 lights, and it is over 2,000 feet tall!  It isn’t an actual tree, but a tree design draped over Mt. Ingino overlooking the medieval town.  The tree is a symbol of “universal peace and brotherhood among people” all over the world.

But, the Pope won’t actually be present in Gubbio…he is lighting the tree remotely from his Vatican suite with a tablet computer!  And this is where the confusion lies – it was first mentioned that he would be using an Apple iPad, but now reports claim he is using the Sony tablet.

(Pope Benedict) will touch the screen of a Sony “Tablet” with an “Android” operating system which, via the Internet, will transmit the command to switch on the electric current to the tree.

                                                         ~from Vatican Information News.

Why the switch? It’s a papal mystery!

The device used really is not important as long as it does the trick.  The display will be gorgeous and the message of peace clearly displayed.

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