Many, many thanks to Whispers in the Loggia for this one. The pope did receive an iPod earlier this month, pre-loaded with classical music and programming from Vatican Radio.

Speaking of Vatican Radio, there actually is a very good English-language program available, including Vatican news, papal audiences, and, my favorite, the Latin Lover. The Latin Lover features Fr. Reginald Foster, the Vatican's (and perhaps the world's) pre-eminent Latinist. He's absolutely crazy, even by ecclesiastical standards, but runs a stellar summer language program. Also check out the Vatican's project Latinitas, with its Lexicon recentis Latinitatis. (Who knows when you might need the Latin for "hot pants" (brevissimae bracae femineae) or, for Anglican-Catholic dialogue, "gin" (potio iunipera)?

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