Father Robert Ballecer, a priest based out of Rome, wanted to give his followers a less toxic environment for playing games online when he decided to set up a Minecraft server.
The idea was to encourage players who want to be creative and let them invite their friends, who don't want to be toxic, and you create an environment in which people can express themselves and build up a relationship.
In his comment he said, it's not about the technology. It's not even really about playing Minecraft, it's about getting people together, who can then maybe move those relationships to the real world, beyond Minecraft.
The idea started in August, when Father Ballecer tweeted asking what game he should spin up a few servers in the Vatican for, and Minecraft won out with 64% of the votes.
Last week, the test Minecraft server was barely live when it faced a possible DDOS attack, a coordinated effort to overwhelm a website or Minecraft servers. Combined with an unexpectedly high number of Minecraft player, the server was quickly overwhelmed.
This all goes to show importance of good Minecraft server hosting, with DDOS protection.