Pope sends 1st txt msg.

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The Pope has sent his first text message to thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims who had sign up to receive messages of divine "direction"; with Telstra erecting eight temporary base stations to allow pilgrims to send text messages to their friends and family.

As well, four giant digital "prayer walls" have been erected at four sites, the Opera House, the Domain, Darling Harbour and Randwick Racecourse. Those who have signed up to the messages will be able to send a message to the "prayer walls".

His message, for today, was: "Young friend, God and his people expect much from u because u have within you the Father’s supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus – BXVI."

Telstra mobile customers can subscribe for free by texting the word "Pope" to 0400 495 111.