“Dear Friends, I just launched www.news.va Praised be Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI,” the twitter feed reported at about 6 p.m., Rome time.
Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presented News.va on Monday.
Noting how the Vatican has already expanded its presence on the Internet with Facebook and YouTube pages, among others, Archbishop Celli explained the Holy Father’s reasoning: “I want to be present where people come together,” he has said.
News.va includes news from L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio, the Fides agency, which reports on missions, and other media.