Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Live streaming for Pope's Christmas mass

Pope Benedict XVI’s traditional Christmas Eve mass will be streamed live on the Internet in six languages and available on iPhones around the world, the Vatican said today. The Italian-language mass will be translated into English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. The pope’s “Urbi et Orbi” blessing on 25 December and the New Year’s Day mass will also be available, the Vatican added in a statement. There will also be a commentary in Chinese for the Christmas Eve mass and in Arabic for the New Year’s Day mass.

The streaming service will be available on, and and “allows anyone, anywhere in the world to follow the celebrations and guarantees fast connections,” the statement said. Pope Benedict has emphasised the importance of social media communications during his pontificate, which began in 2005. The Vatican now has its own YouTube channel, a Facebook application called Pope2You and regular podcasts.
(Source: AFP/Radio Netherlands Media Network Weblog)