pope begins bible-reading marathon
Pope Benedict XVI began a week-long Bible-reading marathon on Italian television - appropriately with "In the beginning".
The marathon will feature more than 1,200 people reading the Old and New Testament in over seven days and six nights.
All 73 books of the Catholic edition of the Bible will be read. Each speaker will read for about five to eight minutes.
Giulio Andreotti, a former Italian prime minister, former presidents Francesco Cossiga, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and several ministers in the centre-right government of Silvio Berlusconi will also be among the readers.
Addressing faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, Benedict noted the televised marathon would run parallel to a worldwide meeting of bishops on the relevance of the Bible for contemporary Catholics.
The Bible marathon will end with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's number two official, reading the last chapter of the Apocalypse.
A little bit funny. A little bit apt.
I wonder if you can sponsor the Pope. $2 per chapter read. Proceeds go to schools or something.