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From BXVI to u ! ( content classification pending ) [Jul. 16th, 2008|05:10 pm]
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"Young friend, God and his people expect much from u because u have within you the Fathers supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus - BXVI,"

understood to have been sent via Telstra yesterday (to Telstra subscribers) and not classified by a trained content assessor !

From AFP google link

Pope's message goes hi-tech in Australia
1 day ago

SYDNEY (AFP) — Pope Benedict XVI took a new hi-tech road to spreading his message Tuesday, sending a mobile phone text to pilgrims attending World Youth Day celebrations in Australia, organisers said.

"Young friend, God and his people expect much from u because u have within you the Fathers supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus - BXVI," read the first of the daily texts.

Local telecom giant Telstra has erected eight extra base stations in Sydney to cater for hundreds of thousands of young Catholics from around the world, who need simply text the word Pope to a special number to receive the messages.

Four giant screens have also been set up at major festival venues around the city, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, and pilgrims who sign up will be able to send a message to the digital "prayer walls".

A different message of inspiration from the pope would be sent by SMS each day, Telstra said, in what is believed to be the first time the pope has used mobile phone texting to spread the gospel.

The World Youth Day celebration has been held in different cities around the globe since 1986 in an attempt to rejuvenate the Catholic church.

An opening mass was due to be said by the leader of Australia's Catholics, Cardinal George Pell later Tuesday.

A papal mass expected to draw up to 500,000 people will close the celebration on Sunday at Randwick Racecourse, where another giant "prayer wall" has been erected.

"We wanted to make WYD08 a unique experience by using new ways to connect with today's tech-savvy youth," said event coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher.

From the ACMA (Australian Content and Media Association) 16th. July 2008

ACMA approves industry code of practice to protect children from unsuitable online and mobile phone content

The code says that all content likely to be MA15+ or above must be assessed and classified by trained content assessors, hired by providers of online and mobile content. By requiring content classification assessment, this code assists both children and their parents to make informed choices about what is, or is not, suitable for viewing online or on mobile phones.
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