Thursday, 12 August 2010

Vatican eyes massive online presence and plans extending existing site

(Media Study South Africa)

Article by Marc Aupiais

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SACNS Quotes Analysis: Massive Overhaul of Vatican site online: to include many more documents: team of about 20, who bring pope's message to the "extreme ends of the earth" 12 / 08 | August / 2010

Argentine by birth (born in Santa Fe), South American priest, Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, recently gave an interesting, enlightening and exciting interview to editorially independent Vatican based Italian language paper: L'Osservatore Romano. The Vatican's half million pages are in for a surprise, as the site is redesigned and revamped. The different Congregations of the Roman Curia: that is the Vatican's ministries/operational departments, should each get their own websites soon, more Chinese pages are planned, all major pre-1900 popes are soon to have a voice on the website, in the furthering of Petrine papal teaching, and Vatican diplomatic information is soon to have more space and prominence on the now famous site.

In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's webmaster notes much, he does not only set out the working structure of the team of about 20 which maintains and updates the Vatican website: part design, part technical, and notes top searches, and when what information is most sought, as well as the Vatican's view that media distorts its views. The former computer sciences teacher, additionally notes exiting additions to the site: such as an updating of diplomatic information, and soon to be available information from the popes prior the 20th century - given that the Vatican had previously only uploaded such documents that were not pre-1900.

The webmaster's team works with Interpol and Italian intelligence in its efforts to protect the official voice of the Holy See online, which has often been targeted by unscrupulous hackers. He also notes that the Vatican first went online in Christmas 1995 with a message from the then Pope John Paul II. Easter 1997, marked the site becoming a more structures orientated website.

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