Computer blessing: priest dispenses God’s grace on iPads and even Nokia phones
TODAY Gil Florini, parish priest of Saint Pierre D’Arene church in Nice, southeastern France, blessed mobiles phones and computers during a Mass to celebrate St Gabriel, the archangel of transmissions. In the past Gil Florini has enabled the blessing of all kinds of things, like vehicles and animals.
He blesses everything, does Gil. Like a drunk man asking for a donation outside a branch of Threshers, Gil shouts ‘Gawd bless yer” at everything and everyone. One day his iPhone was just a piece of throwaway gadgetry; the next it was a holy relic housed in an ornamental châsse, which on weekdays doubles as a branch of Phone 4 U.