A group of Vatican Radio employees gave Pope Benedict XVI a brand new iPod nano loaded with special Vatican Radio programming and classical music according to the Catholic News Service.

"We don't have a huge gift to give to the Pope, but we do have small signs of our work" to give him, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican Radio's general director, told Catholic News Service.

According to the website the Pope was said to have replied, "Computer technology is the future".

The stainless steel back was engraved with the words "To His Holiness, Benedict XVI" in Italian.

The Vatican Radio offers podcasts in eight different languages and it hopes the Pope will download the latest to his new player.