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The Vatican may get its own Minecraft server

A Jesuit priest has plans to launched a Vatican Minecraft server, inviting players to come and express themselves in a “less toxic” environment than they might find elsewhere. The idea, he says, is to bring players together so they can form and build relationships, which he hopes can be strengthened in the real world.

Fr. Robert Ballecer is a Jesuit priest who started out studying tech and engineering in Silicon Valley, according to a recently-published video by Rome Reports. After being ordained, he sought to use his technological education and experience to help fellow church leaders connect with more people.

The Minecraft server, he hopes, will be an avenue for this kind of outreach – as well as a way for players to see that their faith can work alongside their interests in gaming or other modern tech, and that these aspects of their life can even support each other.

“It’s not about the technology, it’s not even really about the gaming,” he tells Rome Reports. “It’s about getting people together who can then maybe move those relationships to the real world.”