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Vatican webmaster: Site undergoing significant redesign

August 11, 2010

Vatican webmaster Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, an Argentine priest who has taught computer science in Bogota and Rome, offered an overview of the Holy See’s web site in an August 11 L’Osservatore Romano interview.

Msgr. Ruiz, who supervises a staff of 21, says that the site will be undergoing a significant redesign-- a task made challenging by the presence of 500,000 pages at The redesigned site will include documents from pre-20th century popes and pages on the Holy See’s diplomatic activity, as well as a page of videos of Pope Benedict’s talks.

More visitors to the web site come from the United States than from any other nation, said Msgr. Ruiz; next in popularity, in order, are Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, France, and China. Msgr. Ruiz noted that numerous Chinese-language pages are being added to the site.

The site’s traffic is heaviest from 3:00 PM to midnight (Rome time); popular search engine terms that lead to the site are Vatican, Catholic, Roman, Osservatore, Church, and saint.


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  • Posted by: WLP - Aug. 11, 2010 5:00 PM ET USA

    jflare293129: My suggestion to include Christ does not imply that I propose the removal of the papal Coat of Arms or a picture of the pontiff. Quite the contrary. In fact, I very much like the photo of Benedict XVI that is now on the homepage.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 11, 2010 2:43 PM ET USA

    My vote is to get rid of that brown background. At best it makes the pages difficult to impossible to read. At worst (on my last computer, for instance) it makes them take forever to load. Maybe on the home page; then just the text on plain white pages. I'm going to try to send somebody there an e-mail. If I can find an address. Which reminds me that it's not a particularly easy site to navigate.

  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Aug. 11, 2010 2:18 PM ET USA

    WLP: I rather like the home page the way it is. What do you have against a coat of arms or a picture of the Pope? Any Protestant I've met who'd do as you suggest....may not be interested in genuinely learning about the Catholic faith....

  • Posted by: WLP - Aug. 11, 2010 9:42 AM ET USA

    It would be nice if the home page had a rather prominent image (or any, for that matter) of Christ and imagery of the Trinity. Right now a protestant could look at the home page and say, "See? Those Catholics don't worship Christ!"