ST. LOUIS (AP) - Barack Obama the presidential candidate used it to reveal his vice presidential choice. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis will use the same technology to share news of its next archbishop.
The archdiocese said that it believes that no other diocese in the country has used text-messaging to communicate such an announcement.
St. Louis, a traditional Catholic stronghold, has been without an archbishop since June 27, when Archbishop Raymond Burke was named as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.
After a new archbishop for St. Louis is announced in Rome - typically 5 a.m. St. Louis time - the archdiocese will send a text message about the new appointee to anyone who has registered on its Web site.
There is no word on when the announcement will come.