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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, FEB. 25, 2007 - Cardinal Justin Rigali is reaching out to new audiences this Lent by posting weekly Gospel commentaries on the video sharing Web site YouTube.

The archbishop of Philadelphia posted his first two-and-a-half-minute video on Ash Wednesday.

In the video entitled "Living Lent: The First Sunday," the 71-year-old cardinal explains the benefits of fasting, comments on Sunday's Gospel and then urges his listeners to join a Bible study group.

Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Cardinal Rigali "knew nothing of YouTube" until his staff proposed he try it.

"He said: 'Anything we can do to reach people where they are.' He has
repeatedly said to us: 'We're in the business of evangelization. Let's
be out there. Let's be everywhere,'" Farrell told the daily paper.

The spokeswoman said the cardinal plans to continue posting messages throughout Lent.

At the time of publication, the video had been viewed more than 4,500 times.
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