Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Vatican's New-and-Improved Website

"Vatican website undergoing upgrade"
Catholic News Agency (August 11, 2010)

"The director of the Vatican's website, Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz explained this week in an interview that the site is going through an extensive redesign to improve the Church's evangelization efforts.

"The website can be viewed at:

"In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, the Argentinean priest said the Vatican's website aims to make the Church's message known to everyone, especially because of the importance Benedict XVI has given to evangelization through the media....

"...The restructuring efforts will focus on two goals.... First, to make the Petrine ministry more present in the digital era; and second, to increase the Vatican's understanding of the internet, its language and its culture, in order to respond more adequately, as called for by Pope Benedict XVI in his message for World Communications Day 2010...."
I don't see much change yet, apart from more color in the icons of the English-language home page. No, wait: Here's a section that wasn't there before:It's not particularly spicy reading: "The Norms of the Motu Proprio 'Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela' (2001)" is a fairly typical title: and the text of that document is in the typical Holy See style: dry, precise, and detailed.

I hope that the Vatican's new website won't limit its content to stuff written at the 'see Spot run' level. I don't see that happening. The Vatican Museums website gives, I think, an indication of what we can expect. (Off on a tangent: I write about art and Catholic teachings on August 9, 2010.)

Hey, this is interesting:One item is dated September 5, 2010. No, the Vatican doesn't have a time machine: that's a sort of preview of an upcoming Pastoral Visit to Carpineto Romano.

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