Send the Pope a Virtual Christmas Card

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VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2009 ( The Vatican Web page has made it possible this Christmas to send Benedict XVI a personalized Christmas card through e-mail or the social networking site Facebook.

Father Paolo Padrini, the project's coordinator, told ZENIT of the site's newest features for Christmas.

Upon visiting the site, launched by the Vatican Council for Social Communications in May, click on "Send the Pope your Christmas Greetings." Simply follow the instructions and a personalized, virtual card will be sent to the Holy Father. Even a picture can be included. is also offering a Facebook application that one can use to send Christmas cards to friends that feature an official picture of the Pope as taken by L'Osservatore Romano, accompanied by the Pontiff's "words of hope and peace."

The cards can be sent in English, Italian, Spanish, German and French, and there are four options to choose from. is an official site of the Vatican, and it aims to bring the words and message of Benedict XVI to the youth. In only eight months, the site has received 7 million visits.

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