VATICAN

Platform for pontification as Pope joins YouTube

Google works in mysterious ways...The search engine giant has reached a deal with The Vatican to "secure the Pope's presence on the web" via its amateur video site YouTube. The Pontiff is to have his own dedicated channel.

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AFP - The Vatican will publish a report on Friday detailing the launch of Pope Benedict XVI's own dedicated channel on YouTube, the Osservatore Romano newspaper said.

The deal with search engine giant Google, which owns the video sharing website, aims to "secure the Pope's presence on the web," the Vatican paper said Thursday, adding that Benedict has always had been "fond of new technologies."

The report will be published when the German-born pontiff will officially launch his YouTube channel.

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vatican's communications department, told the paper the pope hopes to reach out to "the digital generation."
 

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