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South Korea priests to use iPad in mass

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"There is no problem if priests adopt tools like the iPad tablet computers while serving their homilies," said an expert in South Korea in a report last week.

The idea of reading a missal from an iPad may result in controversies, however, an increasing number of young priests are open to the idea of using electronic gadgets for their homilies, in a report by the Union of Catholic Asian News said.

With this regard, the Vatican is still reviewing whether the use of digital media in the liturgy can be adopted in the Catholic church.

"Young people are familiar with digital media and the use of such tools helps them understand the Church and their faith," said Father John Choi Yang-ho, assistant director of the Seoul Archdiocese’s Catholic Internet Center.

Father Choi is currently centered on working with several smart phone applications and digital missal for the iPad.

With hesitation, Father John Bosco Chang Shin-ho, secretary of the Korean bishops’ Committee for Liturgy said that the use of printed missal should be used in accordance with what is clearly prescribed in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. But Father Chang is not closing the doors on the idea of using electronic aid in mass.

"Even though we speak of a digital era, analog tools are still needed, and we need to combine both in a harmonious way," he added.