Just in time for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Israel this week, the Consulate General of Israel in New York announced the formation of a Facebook application that will allow users of the social networking site to learn about the Holy Land.


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In a press release on Sunday, the Consulate General of Israel in New York described the application as "helping users discover the country's holy places and modern sites."

"The application, entitled "Holy Land Trivia: From Creation to Creativity," offers a pictorial encounter with many significant places in Israel, and gives users the opportunity to share their newly-gained knowledge with their Facebook friends," the press release states.

The application, which is non-denominational but especially targeted towards Christians, contains three multiple-choice quizzes about locations in Israel.

At the end of the quiz, users will be able to view their results and post them on their profile and news feed for bragging rights over their online friends.

According to David Saranga, Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York "the Pope's visit gives us the opportunity to expose people to Israel's historic locations as well as the modern Israel and all its many important sites."

"Many people hear about Israel and the Holy Land in an abstract sense and we want to help develop their connection to the real place. We want to help people on Facebook appreciate the many sites in the Holy Land, including the Temple Mount, Bahai Gardens, and the Bauhaus buildings of Tel Aviv's White City, and share what they learn with their friends," Saranga said.

The application is available at: http://apps.facebook.com/holylandtrivia