Vatican Web Page Has New Connections

Forms Part of Pan-European Information Network

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 17, 2005 ( Thanks to a recent connection to the European research and education network, the Vatican Web page is now faster and able to support more visitors at the same time.

The Vatican page now has a 100-megabits-per-second direct connection to GARR, the Italian information network, which is connected to GÉANT2, the Pan-European high-speed Internet research and education network.

By this agreement, the material of the Vatican Library and of pontifical university libraries will be easily accessible to the research and education community. Father Fernando Vérgez, director of the Holy See’s Internet office, told ZENIT that this agreement with the GARR consortium responds to the increasing number of visits to the Vatican Web site.

In the month of April, during Pope John Paul II’s last days and his death, and Benedict XVI’s election, the Vatican site was one of the most visited in the world.

The capacity for connection to the page had to be enlarged so that it would not be blocked. In particular, more and more users are connecting to the Vatican site to see Benedict XVI’s most important events on video.

«With the connection to this research and education network, the Holy See has enlarged the capacity of its connection to offer these services,» said Father Vérgez.

The Holy See’s participation in the GÉANT2 project was announced officially in Luxembourg on June 14-15, in a congress organized by the network.

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