Live from the Vatican, Pope Francis I broke out his webcam and hosted his second ever Google+ Hangout with children from all over the world, chatting with kids from India, Spain, the United States, and Brazil among others, and when 16-year-old Alicia from Spain asked the Pontiff if he liked using computers to take photos, the 78-year-old Pope said:
“Do you want me to tell you the truth? I’m a disaster with machines. I don’t know how to work a computer. What a shame!”
Interestingly enough, the children were on hand to “show” the Pope how to use digital technologies like Braille keypads, video cameras, and tablets to connect with others. And while many people admitted that Pope Francis is well known for his surprise calls, very little expect him to send them emails because they understand his confession that he has no idea on how to use a computer.
Whatever the case, Pope Francis participated in a Hangout session with disabled kids from around the world, discussing their dreams of the future with them.
“With the help of technology, Pope Francis will extend a virtual embrace to others around the world who have disabilities and special needs,” was what Google said in a blog post before the event took place.
Happening at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, the discussion was broadcast on Google+ page Scholas Ocurrentes, an independent educational group Pope Francis “has entrusted with the mission of uniting schools worldwide, regardless of race, gender, class, religion or sexual orientation,” according to Google. This was part of his Scholas initiative to foster unity and progress among youths in the areas of technology, art, and sports.