The Vatican is getting its own Minecraft server. In a report published over the weekend, Pope-focused news network Rome Reports spoke to Catholic priest Father Robert Ballecer, who is setting up the server in an attempt to combat toxicity.
Ballecer, a former tech blogger, said that “I wanted to offer [a server] that could be less toxic. You can invite people who want to be creative, who don’t want to be toxic, and you create an environment in which people can express themselves and build up a relationship.”
“It’s not about the technology. It’s not even really about the gaming. It’s about getting people together who can maybe then move those relationships to the real world.”
The idea for Ballecer’s server began earlier this year. Back in September, the priest asked his Twitter followers which game they’d like to run a test server for. Options included Rust, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Team Fortress 2, but Minecraft was the clear winner with nearly two-thirds of the vote.
The server is currently being tested - if you have an account, you can head to minecraft.digitaljesuit.com to gain access.