VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is offering a special software application that will allow anyone with a website or blog to provide readers with automatically updated news and documents from the Vatican.
The Vatican’s Internet Office announced on April 19 that the application, called a “widget” (right), is available free from the Vatican’s website, www.vatican.va, or email@example.com.
It is to mark the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
When installed, the widget opens a small rectangular window with four tabs. Clicking on one provides the latest news from the Vatican, the pope’s Sunday Angelus or “Regina Coeli” address, recent speeches and the Vatican press office’s daily news bulletin.
The Vatican said the widget should help make the contents of its website more widely known and is another opportunity to use new technology “to spread the word of the Holy Father”. - CNS