The new face of the official Vatican website

Source: FSSPX News

A little more than 15 years after its birth in 1995, the Vatican Internet site (www.vatican.va) has had a new homepage since June 10 of this year.  The new configuration of this official website, among the most often visited in the world, facilitates access to the documents of the pope and to the Vatican communications media in the language of the viewer’s choice (Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Latin).

A portrait of Benedict XVI appears in the center, and no longer on the side, with a direct link to his various interventions:  Wednesday audiences, speeches, homilies, Angelus messages, Encyclicals, etc….  The calendar of papal activities appears right on the homepage.  Outside of the circle appear subtitles from which menus drop down when the cursor passes over them.

Furthermore the tab “News” allows the viewer to find the most recent postings on the website, the majority of them texts by Benedict XVI.  This section offers Internet browsers the option of following the updates using the social network tool Twitter, or else on FaceBook or RSS (RDF Site Summary).  Virtual visits to basilicas and papal chapels are also available.

On the Monday after Pentecost, at the top of the homepage appeared the banner of Pentecost, which provided access to a special page for the feast day, June 12, 2011, where the viewer can find photos of the Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Mass booklet, the texts of the homily and of the general audience.

A tab now allows the viewer to access a video player—the “Vatican player”—capable of providing, both live and in delayed broadcast, images of different events at the Vatican.  Finally, one last innovation:  access to the website www.news.va, which compiles all of the information services of the Holy See;  it is presently in two languages, English and Italian.  See the article, “Launching of a new Vatican news website”. (Sources: apic/imedia – DICI no. 238 dated July 16, 2011)

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