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Vatican Radio launches Hindi blog?

Popular radio show goes online as Vatican gets to grips with online culture

Vatican Radio launches Hindi blog?
Juliet, Justin and Joseph, the blogging branch of the Vatican Radio family
C.M. Paul, Rome
Vatican City

April 30, 2011

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The Vatican Radio Hindi Service is tomorrow marking Pope John Paul II's beatification and the first blogger meeting at the Vatican with the launch of a blog containing daily news dispatches in Hindi. Vatican Radio's Hindi service's program e-Samachar has been broadcasting for two years and the 3J team (Justin, Juliet and Joseph) has successfully sent out 450 daily dispatches so far to about 800 listeners.  But the blog is a new innovation. Every Monday’s edition named Saptahik Mukhya Samachar carries a news summary of the week. Vatican Radio has five language services to India: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Urdu. Hindi, an official language of India with the second largest population in the world, is the third-most spoken language in the world after Chinese and English and is spoken by more than 650 million people. “I hope Hindi-speaking people will be connected, rooted and renovated by the information made available for them,” says 3J team coordinator Jesuit Father Justin Tirkey from Jharkhand. Working at Radio Vatican Hindi Service for three years Father Justin says, “for me it is a joy to immerse myself into the life of people with the wonderful gift of the new means of communications for a better, happier and hopeful world.” His colleague Juliet Genevieve Christopher revels in the blog format as does the third team member Joseph Kamal Bara. “It is less labor intensive for us who do it as a hobby and allows access to a greater number of people and with up-to-the-minute updates without a 24-hour wait,” he says. “We try our best to keep the news service professional taking care of the elements of news, namely: relevance, immediacy, accuracy, novelty and presentation.” But the tem still sees itself as very much a part of the Vatican Radio Family. “One can listen to radio, look up the blog, access Radio on Demand, read Vatican Bharati bi-monthly news letter, weekly electronic dispatches or participate in the listener’s program,” says Father Justin. The idea of having VRH e-Samachar daily emerged during the annual meeting of Jesuits working in Vatican Radio held at Castel Gandolfo in November, 2009. On December 1, 2009, the trial copies were sent to Jesuits in Rome and some 100 Jesuits of Ranchi Province.

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