Pope tweets launch of Vatican news site

The Holy Father has sent his first “tweet” to launch the new Vatican online news portal news.va.

Using an iPad, Benedict XVI sent out the following tweet this afternoon, using the Vatican’s Twitter account: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.

At first glance, the new website looks impressive and promises to be a helpful resource, not only to journalists. The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which devised it, is looking at ways to broaden its functionality in the future. Thaddeus Jones, an official at the PCCS, told the Register it’s possible that dicasteries of the Roman Curia will also post their news and events on the site (at the moment, some have their own dedicated sites, others not at all, and those that do have them aren’t always regularly updated). “It’s not imminent but we’re pretty optimistic that such an initiative would work well,” he said. Jones also said the site is not only aimed at improving dissemination of Vatican news, but also at drawing traffic to other websites.