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09/07/2011: Italy

On Tuesday 28 June, eve of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Benedict XVI sent his first message via the « micro-blogging » web Twitter to announce the inauguration of a new portal of information for the Holy See, News.va. During a meeting held in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope chose the option « Publish » on an iPad to officially launch this new Vatican portal which collects the information sent out by the communication media of the Holy See.

This historic ‘tweet’ launched by a Pope on the web via the Vatican information portal is a red letter day in the history of the Vatican communications. The publication can be read in two languages: English and Italian. One can follow the news through « twitter ».

Thanks to this portal, access is available to six sources of information which have functioned up to now relatively independently: the Fides Agency, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican press room, the VIS (Vatican Information Service), Radio Vatican and the Vatican Television Centre. The need for better co-ordination of the Vatican’s information source has been evident from certain breakdowns observed, for example, the diversity of  interpretation of some of the Pope’s writings coming from the offices of the Curia.

Among the participants at the meeting, there were the president of the Pontifical Council of Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, Thaddeus Jones, an official of this Vatican organization, and Gustavo Entrala, founder of 101, the agency responsible for the project.

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