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Monday, August 10, 1998 Published at 20:53 GMT 21:53 UK

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Pope gets live webcasts

Pope John Paul II: going live on the Net

The Vatican has announced a new internet service which will allow millions of web users around the world to see and hear Pope John Paul II live.

The live webcasts will cover the Angelus prayer, recited by the Pontiff on Sundays, his general audience on Wednesdays and other ceremonies in the Vatican, and they will also feature the Pope's travels abroad.

The move is an attempt by the Vatican to modernise its image and reach a wider audience.

[ image: New Papal site to
New Papal site to "strengthen the bonds of ecclesiastical communion"
"This is a further sign of the Holy See's efforts to boost its presence in the world of modern social communication to favour the spread and knowledge of the Papal Magisterium and strengthen the bonds of ecclesiastical communion," a statement said.

The service will be launched on 15 August, when the world's one billion Roman Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.

This is not the Vatican's first excursion into cyberspace. The Holy See has had its own website for some time, where viewers can find information about the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings in six languages.

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