Vatican employees gave Pope Benedict XVI an iPod nano preloaded with Vatican Radio shows last week.

The gift – a 2GB model – was given to recognise the pontiff's first visit to the radio station's headquarters. It was the station's 75th anniversary.

"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.

On receiving the iPod, the Pope reportedly remarked: "Computer technology is the future."

The iPod contains a number of Vatican Radio shows and music from Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.