Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Holy See adopts new communication methods

The following comes from the Salesian News Agency:
At a Press Conference held yesterday Tuesday 16 November, the Holy See announced an important new method of presenting and spreading the Church’s message to the world. In addition to new management structures for the broadcasts of the Vatican Television Centre two other significant projects were mentioned.

The Press Conference introducing the new high definition television unit of the Vatican Television Centre was also the occasion for Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to announce the two other initiatives.

The first is the renewal of the site of the (PCCS) - – so that users will be able to be constantly updated regarding the activities of the Pope. The site, which since it was first launched has had over 5 million visits is now a model for a site addressed directly at the young: with an internal link to pages of Facebook and YouTube, with applications for streaming on internet and for the modern smartphones.

When the updating process is shortly completed, it will be even easier for the young people throughout the world to use the site and so “follow the Pope, listen to his words and in a certain sense dialogue with him”.

The second project Archbishop Celli announced was a new multi-media Web site which would bring together several sources of Vatican news, such as the Vatican press office, L`Osservatore Romano newspaper, Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre and the Fides news service of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

It is a need "much felt by the workers," said the Archbishop, although he gave assurances that the independence of each agency would always be maintained.

Yet to be defined is the name of the page, as well as the timeframe for launching the new site.

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