How about his first foray into Teh Email? (From April 2005):
Do NOT give this man your credit card number.I saw this...Pope Benedict XVI Gets E-Mail AddressBy Associated PressPublished April 21, 2005, 8:44 AM CDTVATICAN CITY --"Got a prayer or a problem for the new pope? Now you can e-mail him. Showing that Pope Benedict XVI intends to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II's multimedia ministry, the Vatican on Thursday modified its Web site so that users who click on an icon on the home page automatically activate an e-mail composer with his address. In English, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org. In Italian: email@example.com.Vatican spokesmen could not immediately be reached for comment on how many messages Benedict may have received already... "So how in the name of all that is Holy could I have possibly stopped myself from writing this:FROM: Pope Benedict XVIE-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgBUSINESS PROPOSALATTN: PRESIDENT/CEO,My name is Pope Benedict XVI, head of a Major Religionas well as head of a Task Force on Priest Pedophilia Clean-up.As you might have read, late last Century there was a majoroutbreak of Priest Pedophilia in the United States Region ofNorth America which rendered over 70% of our Dogma ludicrous.The cleanup/cover-up was handled by a Vatican Firm but becauseof the huge monetary amounts involved we decided toover-invoice the contract sum.Now the cover-up has been completed and the originalcontractor has since been paid, but the contractbalance of US$38 million, which resulted from the overinvoiced contract sum that has been left in a suspenseaccount with the BANCO AMBROSIANO of ITALY, iswhat me and my partners are planning to take out of thecoffers for ourselves. The problem is as Princes of the Church,we are not suppose to own fat bank accounts, much less talk ofhaving foreign ones.To this end, we are soliciting your assistance as aforeign partner who can assist us and receive thisamount into your account. We are ready to share thismoney with you on the basis of participation. We alsohave plans to invest part of this money in any viablebusiness in your country under your care, as although weare only recently installed, we are nonetheless alsonearing our retirement age.In any case, I got your contact through network online hence decided to write you if you can assist us onthis transaction. Please if you accept my proposal donot hesitate to send me an e-mail on:email@example.com, so that I can provide youwith the basic procedures for the release of the fund.It does not matter whether you or your company doesPedophilic Cover-ups of the nature described here, theassumption is that you won a major contract andsubcontracted it to another company, more often thannot, big trading companies or individuals of unrelatedfield win major contracts here in ITALY andsubcontracts same to more specialized firms for execution.BENEFIT: For providing the account where we shallremit this money, you will be entitled to 25% of theentire funds, 70% will be for me and my partners, while5% has been set aside to cover any expenses that maybe incurred by both parties during this transaction,both local and international.Please I enjoin you to handle this transaction withutmost degree of maturity and confidentiality because,although Infallable on matters of Doctine, I am still liablefor Administrative matters as head of the Church of Christ.If I receive your response on time, this whole transactioncould be accomplished within the shortest possibletime based on your interest and determination, sincethe money is already in transit.Please, if you are capable and willing to participate inthis transaction, don`t forget to reach me with my e-mailaddress soonest. Alternatively Feel free to call me on myprivate telephone line at the VATICAN OFFICE OF SPECIALINQUIRY soon as you received this mail.The lines may be busy, but keep trying till you get through.Yours Infallably,Benedict XVI (Papal Nuncio).