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Priest prepares ipad for duty at church altars

An Italian priest has developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal, a book containing all that is said or sung at Mass during the entire year. The Rev. Paolo Padrini, a communications consultant with the Vatican, said Friday he'll launch the free app in July. Two years ago, he came up with iBreviary, an app that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. Padrini, 36, said priests who travel a lot may find the iPad app most useful. He recently had to celebrate Mass in a small parish where the missal was "a small book, a bit dirty, old," he said. "If I had had my iPad with me, it would've been better than this old, tiny book."

'Oh my God'

Grandson faces a face from the past

A postcard sent home by a Bosnian soldier in World War I has reached his family after 95 years, thanks to a California antique collector who bought it for $50 at a fair in Long Beach. "Oh my God," was all Nadir Bicakcic could say this week when he recognized the face of his grandfather on the card handed over by Nihad Eric Dzinovic. The card was mailed by Edhem Bicakcic with a picture of him and fellow soldiers stationed in Hungary in June 1915. Dzinovic, 63, has collected 200,000 old postcards over the years, and sometimes carries them with him to show friends and other collectors when he visits his native Sarajevo. On his latest trip, he put two and two together when he ran into Nadir Bicakcic, 48, whose grandfather became mayor of Sarajevo after the war.

Zenyatta is jealous

Celebration where the star is a mule

Ralston, Wyo., is the place to be this weekend for mules and their fans. The annual Jake Clark's Mule Days auction and rodeo kicked off Wednesday and climaxes today with a parade, rodeo and barn dance. Things close with an auction on Sunday. "There's a great demand for well trained, gentle saddle mules," Clark told the Powell Tribune. And he has heard from potential bidders in Florida.

an officer and a gun

Forgetting who's the good guy

When Dallas police Officer Kelly Beemer drank too much at a bar while off duty, two colleagues decided to give her a ride home in a squad car, which seemed smart. But on an audio tape, Beemer can be heard saying she doesn't believe they're trying to take her home and demands the car be stopped. Then a muffled shot is heard. The car stops and the officers are heard yelling "Kelly, drop the gun!" No one was hurt. Beemer is on leave and faces a charge of discharging a weapon.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Priest prepares iPad for duty at church altars 06/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:11pm]
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