Who ever thought the Pope knows how to use a tablet? Indeed, it was a huge shock that we witnessed Pope Benedict XVI switching on the lights on the biggest Christmas tree of the world. The Christmas tree, located in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy; was lighted by the Pope while he was comfortably seated inside the walls of the Vatican.

With the help of an Android tablet, the Pope was able to illuminate a 2,132-foot lighting display situated 130,000 sq m above the town of Gubbio, along the side of Mount Ingino. The base of the ‘tree’ measures 450 m wide and extends up to 750 m from the medieval walls of the city to the Basilica of St. Ubaldo. Its silhouette is marked by 300 green lights and adorned by a comet shape on the top composed of 250 lights that covers a total area of 1,000 sq m. Even though it first appeared in 1981, the tree has continuously been erected by volunteers every year.

According to earlier reports of the MSNBC, the Pope was supposedly scheduled to light the tree using an iPad. However, the decision to switch to an Android tablet has still not been discussed. Either way, it still proves a huge surprise to us all as the Pope himself made use of technology to do something so simple. The ceremony, including the participation of the Pope, was nationally and internationally broadcasted. It was attended by several representatives from different sectors such as show business, culture and politics.

[Source: MSNBC]

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.