Monday, June 27, 2011

With a Click from Pope Benedict, new Vatican News Portal will Launch

From the National Catholic Register:

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — On June 28, Pope Benedict XVI will launch the Vatican’s first multimedia news portal, which is also designed for mobile devices.

“We are trying to give everybody an opportunity to have Vatican news immediately in a modern and accessible way, using new technology,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in an interview with EWTN News on June 27.

He explained that the Pope will have the privilege of giving the “first click” to take the site online, a reflection of the way Pope Pius XI inaugurated the transmission of Vatican Radio 80 years ago.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s Press Office, explained to EWTN News that the Pope’s first click will be “a simple but powerful and symbolic action” to demonstrate that the new initiative is a response to “a desire of the Pope for the new communication of the Church.”

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