Nooma, nooma, hey! The Pope has a YouTube Channel. The BBC announced the Vatican's collaboration with Google to create a YouTube channel.
In his first address to the people, the 81-year-old Pope stated: "You must find ways to spread — in a new manner — voices and pictures of hope, through the Internet, which wraps all of our planet in an increasingly close-knitted way." The Pope gets it.
So here are my ideas for fantastically popular papal viral videos.
1. Will it Forgive? (with apologies to the folks at Will it Blend): The Pope drops various sins into a confessional to test the forgiving power of Jesus while proving that no sin is beyond the power of his blood.
2. I Bit Benedict's Finger (apologies to Charlie Bit My Finger): During the sacrament of confirmation a teenage participant bites Pope Benedict's finger causing him to exclaim, "That really hurt...and it's still hurting." His mild reaction convinces a younger generation that he's a pretty cool dude and improves their attitude toward the Catholic Church.
3. LonelyPope15: The Pope uses his web cam to record a series of intensely personal messages--a sort of video diary--from his bedroom at the Vatican. Stripping away the formality of typical worship services, these intimate clips allow him to connect more deeply with young people around the topics most relevant to their lives.
Seriously, I applaud the Catholic Church for taking this step. So why don't you have a YouTube channel? Is it because your company's leadership thought it was too risky? Good news, your time has come. It's now possible to establish a YouTube channel while remaining more conservative than the Pope.
Spread the fire. GS