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Vatican launches new website that integrates social networks

Although the main website of the Vatican will remain www.vatican.va, the news portal will offer live-streaming of papal events, audio clips from the Vatican Radio, pictures from the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano and printed transcripts of papal homilies, statements and speeches.

 Each of the Vatican media represented on the portal, including the Vatican Television Centre and the Vatican press office and information service, will retain their independent websites.

While the portal will initially offer two languages, English and Italian, the Vatican plans to add German, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions to the website over time. The Vatican may also add a search function and a distinct link to the Vatican homepage.

Although the portal is primarily intended as an easy-to-access source of Vatican news for the outside world, Celli also hopes it was serve the dual function of improving communication within the Vatican.

The Papal Office has recently been beleaguered by miscommunications, with the Pope’s recent comments about condoms and HIV requiring three official clarifications.

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