Saturday, January 24, 2009

Vatican Launches YouTube TV Channel The Vatican

POPE BENEDICT XVI launched his own YouTube channel last week, called “The Vatican” and available in English, Spanish, German and Italian languages.

The Vatican Radio was already available at:

The new Vatican website, illustrated by the unmistakable Bernini colonnade, the architect of St. Peter's, in St Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro), states that it will offer “news coverage of the main activities of the Holy Father” and the Catholic Church while its video-news will present “the Catholic Church’s position regarding the principal issues of the world today”.

Visitors to the site yesterday could consult the Vatican’s daily news bulletin, read the online version of the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, or watch a dozen Vatican TV news clips of the Pope’s most recent activities.

The launch of the new channel was timed to coincide with the release of the Pope’s annual message for the Church’s World Day of Communications.

Despite his enthusiastic embrace of the internet on the YouTube site, the Pope used his World Communications Day message to urge young people to seek human contact and not isolate themselves on the web.

“It would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop online friendships were to be at the cost of our availability to engage with our families, our neighbors and those we meet in the daily reality of our places of work, education and recreation,” writes the Pope.

For more about Vatican City and the Holy See visit The Vatican City website or visit Vatican City television channel or the Italian Boradcasting Company's blogs, and

If you are traveling to Italy and want to visit the Vatican consider making a reservation and buying a Vatican Museum ticket online. Wondering how to buy a ticket to the Vatican Museum? Buy child ticket at time of entry. Click for the Vatican Museum Box office:

(Click here to Book Vatican Ticket )

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