Friday, January 23, 2009

The Pope and the Vatican on Youtube

It is probably no coincidence that the following announcement coincides with this weekend's anticipated historical event (Pope Benedict's withdrawal or lifting of the excommunication of the four SSPX bishops).

According to the Vatican Information Service:

Fr. Lombardi, director of the Vatican news service, announced the creation of a new Vatican channel on YouTube, through which various forms of video news will be available concerning the activities of the Pope and events in the Vatican. The site will be updated with one or two news pieces each day, none longer than two minutes, he said.

For the moment, the languages available are English, Spanish, German and Italian.

The web page of the new channel, he explained, contains various links via which the visitor can find more information and documentation on the Pope, the Vatican and the Catholic Church. The main links connect to the multi-lingual web pages of CTV and Vatican Radio, to the Vatican and to the new site of Vatican City State.

"Of particular importance", said Fr. Lombardi, "is the link to H2O News which transmits other video news items on the life of the Church in the world".

From the BBC this morning, featuring other details:

(With special thanks to Nichole W., who shared the information above with the Keeping It Catholic email list.)

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