Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vatican You-Tube channel

Briefing. The film quality is superb but bizarrely they have disabled the 'embeding' facility.

From CFnews: On Friday morning Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of Vatican Radio, of the Vatican Television Centre (CTV) and of the Holy See Press Office, announced the creation of a new Vatican channel on YouTube, http://uk.youtube.com/vatican 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'.

He went on: 'Further links under the main video give access to other Vatican news sources: in each linguistic sub-channel is a link to the web page of Vatican Radio in that language, to the web page of the Holy See Press Office Bulletin (with complete texts in original language), and to that language's edition of the 'Osservatore Romano' newspaper'.

In the light of the possibility offered by YouTube to exchange information, establish relationships, etc., 'we will consider how best to administer this 'global' flow of comments and replies', said the Holy See Press Office Director. 'The Pope', he concluded, 'was personally informed of our project, and gave his approval with his usual courtesy and graciousness. For us this is a great encouragement'.

[Vatican Information Service]

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