Pope Francis tweets, talks to followers in Google+ Hangouts and believes the Internet is a “gift from God.” But he’ll probably do all his social networking on a new tablet now – his old one has been sold for $30,500, Reuters reported.
It’s a bit bizarre to think his Holiness, Pope Francis, even had an iPad. And it raises all kinds of questions: What kind of files does he have in the Cloud? Are there lots of selfies in his camera roll? How far did he get in Angry Birds?
The Pope even had his iPad inscribed with “His Holiness Francisco. Servizio Internet Vatican, March 2013.” You know, just to make sure one of them troublesome cardinals doesn’t snatch it to quickly update his Facebook status.
But the inscription certainly verifies that the recently sold sacred iPad did indeed belong to the Pope; it also has a has a certificate signed by his personal secretary. Which is good for its new owner, an unknown buyer who placed the winning bid by telephone, ABC News added.
All kidding aside, the reason behind this unusual auction is an uplifting one, of course. All proceeds of the sale – which took place at an auction house called Castells in Montevideo, Uruguay – will go to charity.
Pope Francis initially gave his iPad to Father Gonzalo Aemilius. The priest recalled the pope telling him, “may you do something good with it,” hoping perhaps that it could sold for a hefty sum like a papal Harley-Davidson motorcycle did last year.
By the way, the pope never actually rode the bike. It was given to him as a gift. And it garnered an astonishing $257,681.
Father Aemilius donated the iPad to a local school, the Francisco de Paysandu high school, with the hopes they could sell the device through Christie’s or Sotheby’s. That didn’t work, so they turned to Castells. The high school will get all the proceeds from the sale.
Though Pope Francis lauds the Internet as a miracle – and few would disagree – he has criticized people’s excessive use of technology, as the Inquisitr has previously reported, saying “the great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information.”
That’s a good point. But the Pope has admitted he’s no prodigy when it comes to technology. In one of those Google+ Hangouts, he admitted he doesn’t know how to use a computer and is a “disaster” with technology, Reuters added.
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