VATICAN CITY — Got a prayer or problem for Pope Benedict XVI? Now you can send him an e-mail.
The Vatican has given him a papal electronic mailbox.
The Holy See hasn’t said how many messages the pope has gotten, but if the late John Paul II’s experience with a multimedia ministry is any guide, the new leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics will have an inbox jammed with prayers, problems and pet peeves.
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Thursday, the Vatican modified its Web site — www.vatican.va — so users who click on a “Greetings to the Holy Father” icon on the home page automatically activate an e-mail composer with his address in the send field.
The address for messages in English is firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also addresses for e-mails in Italian, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.