He will be first pontiff to address Congress

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Updated February 05, 2015 01:45 PM
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Theologically infallible, perhaps. But technologically? Not so much.

Pope Francis, who just last year called the Internet “a gift from God,” confessed on Thursday that he doesn’t use the thing himself.

During a (irony alert!) Google Hangout with special-needs children, one of them asked the pope, 78, if he likes to take photographs and put them on his computer.

“Do you want me to tell you the truth?” Francis replied, according to translation of the conversation, which was in the pontiff’s native Spanish.

“I am old-fashioned when it comes to computers. I’m a dinosaur. I don’t know how to work a computer. What a pity, huh?”

Not an iPad, either, as it turns out. The Pope told another child he doesn’t have a tablet. And yet his @Pontifex Twitter handle has just shy of 5.5 million followers.

Technological dinosaur or not, the Pope can still claim to be on the cutting-edge of one corner of history.

Back in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner announced that Francis would address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24, during his three-city U.S. tour, making him the first pontiff to do so. “We are humbled,” Boehner said, according to TIME.