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New multimedia Vatican news site goes live June 28

Catholic World News - June 27, 2011

The Vatican is launching a multimedia internet portal to provide news coverage of the Holy See.

The new site—www.news.va—will go live on Tuesday evening, June 28: the eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Pope Benedict himself is expected to click the link that will make the site active. A preview version is already available to visitors.

The new site will provide news from all of the main Vatican media sources: L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Center, the Fides news agency, the Vatican Information Service, and the press office. News items added to the site will also be made available on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter when appropriate.

Available at first in Italian- and English-language translations, the site will add Spanish later this summer. Plans for French and Portuguese versions are underway.

The news site will not replace the regular Vatican web site, which will remain active for general information about the Holy See.

At a June 27 press conference announcing plans for the effort, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said that he was grateful to collaborators—especially to technical advisers—for “having completed the task.”

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