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Pope may launch new Vatican portal

Pope Benedict may himself put the new Vatican news portal online with a click from the Apostolic Palace in its launch this week.

  • Vatican City
  • June 27, 2011
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Pope Benedict may himself put the new Vatican news portal online with a click from the Apostolic Palace in its launch this week.

Vatican officials said on Saturday that the pontiff has been following the development of the portal, which will for the first time aggregate information from the Vatican's various print, online, radio and television media in a one-stop-shop for Holy See news, ABC reports.

The portal, www.news.va, is being launched on Wednesday, the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict's ordination as a priest.

Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, who heads the Vatican office that developed the portal and will maintain it, said Benedict may put the site online himself, from the Apostolic Palace.

"This is a new way of communicating," Monsignor Celli said during a preview of the site at the offices of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

While the portal is designed mostly to provide Vatican news in an easy-to-use setting for the outside world, Monsignor Celli said he hoped it would also improve the Vatican's own internal communications by letting various departments know what one another are up to and help provide a more coherent message.

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Pope May Go Online to Launch Vatican News Portal (ABC/AP)
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