Pope Uses Android to Light 750-meter Christmas Tree

Contributing Writer

Pope Benedict XVI last week switched on the lights on the world's biggest Christmas tree, located in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy. However, thanks to the joys of technology and an Android tablet, he didn't even have to leave the Vatican City to illuminate the 2,132-foot tree.

The tree in question is actually not a tree at all, nor is it actually situated in the town of Gubbo. Instead, the 'tree' is a a lighting display that covers a massive 130,000 sq meters on the side of Mount Ingino above the town of Gubbio. It's erected every year by volunteers, first appearing in 1981. According to the Vatican, the tree's base is approximately 450 metres wide and it extends for 750 metres up the hillside from the city's mediaeval walls to the basilica of St. Ubaldo. The silhouette of the tree is marked with 300 green lights and at the top is a comet made up of 250 lights covering an area of 1,000 square meters.

According to MSNBC, the pope was apparently supposed to use an iPad for the lighting of the tree. It's not clear whether there was a miscommunication or if they switched to an Android tablet at the last minute. Either way, the lighting ceremony, including the pope' part in it, was broadcast both nationally and internationally for people to watch. The ceremony itself was attended by representatives of the world of culture, show business and politics.