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« on: May 19, 2013, 01:46:05 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/19/pope-francis-answers-new-calling-catholic-church-ipad-app/?test=latestnews


Pope Francis answers a new calling: Catholic Church's iPad app

Published May 19, 2013

This apple has nothing to do with Adam.

The Catholic Church unveiled a new iPad application this week, intended to keep the faithful abreast of Vatican comings-and-goings, as well as other news from the church’s missions throughout the world.

Called the MISSIO App, the new software debuted during a ceremony hosted this week by newly-minted Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, according to the Catholic News Agency, or CNA.

“I push here?” the Pope reportedly asked, when presented with an iPad from Father Andrew Small, U.S. national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

“As soon as the Holy Father hit the button, a little notice came across the top …and it said, ‘Pope Francis has unlocked the MISSIO App,’" the Rev. Small told CNA. “He sort of looked a little bit surprised.”

The app is reportedly available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.
 

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 03:45:51 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-app-promotes-catholic-social-teaching/

New app promotes Catholic social teaching

Washington D.C., Feb 9, 2014 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new iPhone and iPad application from a Washington, D.C., think tank aims to spread Catholic social teaching through Church documents, news and commentary.

 The Ethics and Public Policy Center said its free app is “a great resource for politicians, journalists, teachers, students and anyone who wishes to better understand the Church’s teaching on issues of economics, politics and culture.”

The Catholic Social Teaching App provides a selection of papal encyclicals ranging from Pope Francis’ 2013 “Lumen Fidei” back to Pope Leo XII’s 1891 “Rerum Novarum.” It includes documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on bioethics and Catholic political participation, as well as Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on evangelization, “Evangelii Gaudium.”
 
The Catholic Social Teaching App is available for download from Apple’s App Store. Its content is also available at the app’s website, http://catholicsocialteaching.eppc.org.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 09:06:49 AM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-app-promotes-catholic-social-teaching/

New app promotes Catholic social teaching

Washington D.C., Feb 9, 2014 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new iPhone and iPad application from a Washington, D.C., think tank aims to spread Catholic social teaching through Church documents, news and commentary.

 The Ethics and Public Policy Center said its free app is “a great resource for politicians, journalists, teachers, students and anyone who wishes to better understand the Church’s teaching on issues of economics, politics and culture.”

The Catholic Social Teaching App provides a selection of papal encyclicals ranging from Pope Francis’ 2013 “Lumen Fidei” back to Pope Leo XII’s 1891 “Rerum Novarum.” It includes documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on bioethics and Catholic political participation, as well as Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on evangelization, “Evangelii Gaudium.”
 
The Catholic Social Teaching App is available for download from Apple’s App Store. Its content is also available at the app’s website, http://catholicsocialteaching.eppc.org.



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Very interesting.  Instead of having big, dusty  (and expensive) tomes for study, one can now use a free app on their devices.  I'm not of the Catholic faith, but I do like to read and learn and an app like this could be used to help better understand the Church's teachings.  I can't say I would always agree with the teachings, but as a person outside the Catholic faith, it could help bridge better understanding of them. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 09:43:22 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/23/logistical_facts_and_figures_released_ahead_of_weekend_canonisation/en1-793276

2014-04-23 18:09:09
Logistical facts and figures released ahead of weekend canonisation



(Vatican Radio) No one is quite sure just how many pilgrims will be arriving in Rome for this weekend’s canonisation of the two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. But at a briefing on Wednesday morning, officials from the Diocese of Rome, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi and Rome's City Council provided some logistical facts and figures on how the Eternal City is gearing up to host the huge numbers expected to arrive for the Saturday evening prayer vigil and the Sunday morning Mass, beginning at 10am and presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.
 
For lots more details, maps and live video streaming, plus liturgical and inspirational material, you can visit the new ‘2popesaints.org’ website in five languages, download the free app ‘Santo Subito’ from the Apple Store and Google Player or stay tuned, right here to Vatican Radio for live commentary and full coverage of this historic weekend.
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Link to Website in English:  http://www.2popesaints.org/EN/Home
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2014, 08:14:22 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/04/25/canonization:_vatican_releases_its_official_apps_dedicated_to_popes/en1-793806

2014-04-25 15:05:50
Canonization: Vatican releases its official apps dedicated to Popes John Paul II and John XXIII



(Vatican Radio) The Vatican has released details of two free apps on the figures of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII ahead of Sunday’s canonization ceremony for the two Popes.

The apps can be accessed, free of charge, by copying and pasting onto their browser the following link:
http://vaticanapp.iquii.com/

This will take you to a page entitled “Canonization John Paul II John XXIII” where people can download the two apps onto their smartphones, one focusing on John Paul II and the other focusing on John XXIII. The apps are available in both the Android and IOS operating systems.
 
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 04:44:00 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/the-pope-in-your-pocket-new-20-app-launched

The Pope in your pocket: new 2.0 app launched
2014-07-08 Vatican Radio

Vatican Radio/PCCS) Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the work being done by all the Vatican’s media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world. The Pope’s words came on Monday as he was given a personal viewing of the new updated version of  “The Pope App”, developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Council President Archbishop Claudio Celli, accompanied by project coordinator, Thaddeus Jones, met with the Pope to demonstrate features of the app, which was released in the iTunes and Google Play stores on July 4th. Available in five languages, the Pope App 2.0  is free and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.  Powered by News.va, it features the latest papal news and information as produced by the Vatican’s own media services – including Vatican Radio. 

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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2015, 10:38:29 PM »

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vatican-museums-launches-fundraising-art-lovers-platform-app

Vatican Museums Launches Fundraising, 'Art Lovers Platform,' App
Vatican City State,  August 17, 2015

The Vatican Museums has launched a fundraising app--said to be an "exciting platform for art lovers"--which can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

In a press release, the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums announced ‘Patrum,’ targeted at patrons and donors and intended to raise needed funds for several major restoration projects. There is a requested minimum donation of $10.

In existence since 1982 when a major exhibition went to the cities of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums remains dedicated to preserving the collection of art housed in the Vatican Museums. Since it began, interested people helped restore the works from that exhibition and since then, the number of patrons continues to grow.

“Patrum is the first ever cultural institution app bringing together instant chat technology, crowdsource fundraising, and online community building," the release stated, noting the app "is your connection to engaging deeply and instantly with the art in the Vatican Museums, revolutionizing the accessibility and understanding of one of the most famous collections in the world."
 
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Vatican Museums’ Official Site (English): http://www.museivaticani.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html

Download here: https://appsto.re/us/_86F8.i

Vatican Patrons: http://www.vatican-patrons.org/
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 04:49:56 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/18/misericors_app_gives_practical_help_for_jubilee_of_mercy/1195233

Misericors App gives practical help for Jubilee of Mercy
18/12/2015 10:38

The Misericors App gives practical help for the Jubilee of Mercy.
(Vatican Radio) The Church in Poland has submitted a Mobile App to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization to help people live out the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The App – called Misericors – was given to the Council on Thursday, as a “birthday gift” for Pope Francis.

The Misericors App is interactive, and helps the users to practice mercy in their daily lives, as well as spurring them to personal and community prayer.

“Misericors is an interactive application for our smartphone – in the Polish language, but also in 8 other languages…English, German, French and son” said Father Józef Kloch.
 
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2016, 05:21:50 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/papal-prayer-intentions-click-to-pray-app-ready-fo

Papal prayer intentions: 'Click to Pray' app ready for launch
2016-03-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) A revamped “Click to Pray” app is officially launched at the Vatican Friday as an initiative for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The launch also coincides with this year’s 24 Hours for the Lord.

An initiative by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the “Click to Pray” app allows users to take part in a mobile network of prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, with reminders at different points of the day to pray for a specific intention.

The application allows users to ask others for prayer, prompts users to pray for others’ intentions and lets users know the monthly prayer intentions of Pope Francis. Each month is identified with a different prayer theme – February intentions were for Creation and the focus for March is the family.

The app was originally launched in November 2014 by the Apostleship of Prayer in Portugal to help young people pray with the Pope. The new version becomes the digital platform for the global network of the Pope's prayer efforts. It is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2016, 12:49:17 PM »

Instagram account of Pope Francis

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-launches-franciscus-instagram-account

Pope Francis launches "Franciscus" Instagram account
2016-03-19 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis today launched his new INSTAGRAM account with a tweet in which he said: "I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of the mercy and tenderness of God."

It was Pope Francis himself who inaugurated his account, called "Franciscus," from his residence at the Casa Santa Marta. He also posted his first image, a picture of himself in prayer.

To create his startup profile, the Holy Father was assisted by Kevin Systrom, the CEO and co-founder of Instagram, and Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, secretary of the Secretariat for Communication.
 
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2016, 09:14:39 PM »

"dot catholic" domain name

http://www.news.va/en/news/communications-secretariat-creates-new-internet-of
Communications Secretariat creates new internet office
2016-04-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Secretariat for Communications announced an new web initiative on Monday: a dedicated office – DotCatholic – to inform and engage the worldwide virtual community with Catholic doctrine, preaching, and ethos.

Please find Vatican Radio’s English translation of the statement from the Secretariat, below

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At the invitation of the Secretariat, of State of the Holy See, the Secretariat for Communications has established a Bureau called “DotCatholic” with the purpose of utilizing a generic Internet domain name (.catholic) of the first level, in order to share the teachings, the message and the values of the Catholic Church with the broader global community in Cyberspace.
 

An informative article about "dot catholic" domain name from 2012--

http://www.news.va/en/news/vatican-seeks-dot-catholic-domain-name
Vatican seeks 'dot catholic' domain name
2012-06-12 Vatican Radio

Internet evangelisation took another step forward on Wednesday as the Vatican announced it has applied for the top level domain name ‘dot catholic’ in an effort to authenticate all websites using that name. The Catholic Church is among an estimated two thousand applicants to ICANN, the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which recently decided to open up to the use of new generic top level domain names, as the letters after the dot are technically known.

The applications may take a year or more to process and discussions are still underway in the Vatican as to exactly which organisations and institutions can use the ‘dot catholic’ name. But for internet users, often overwhelmed by the variety of supposedly Catholic sites in cyberspace, this move will provide a more instantly visible way of validating the authenticity of Catholic material online. So when will this come into effect? How much is it going to cost? And how can you apply to become a ‘dot catholic’ site? Philippa Hitchen put those questions to Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, who has been following the Vatican’s application process….
 
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2016, 07:04:40 PM »

Instagram account

http://www.news.va/en/news/popes-instagram-account-reaches-3-million-follower

Pope's Instagram account reaches 3 million followers
2016-08-08 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) After twenty weeks and 143 posts, including a number of videos, Pope Francis’ Instragram account has now reached more than three million followers. Unlike the Pope’s Twitter account, which goes out in nine different languages, there is only one official Instagram account. Each post, though, is subtitled in numerous languages.

Followers of @franciscus can follow, day by day, the activities of the Holy Father thanks to photos of official events produced by the photography team of L’Osservatore Romano.
 
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2016, 09:30:16 PM »

new website for Pope's collection: Peter's Pence

http://www.news.va/en/news/vatican-unveils-new-website-for-popes-collection-p

Vatican unveils new website for Pope's collection: Peter's Pence
2016-11-22 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretariat of State has unveiled a new website dedicated to the Pope’s charitable collection known as “Peter’s Pence”.

The site went online on 21 November at
www.peterspence.va . Currently available in English, Italian, and Spanish, a press statement said it would soon be translated into other languages.

Containing reflections from Pope Francis, the website offers the faithful another way to contribute to Peter’s Pence, which is an annual collection held throughout the Catholic world on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

The funds raised for Peter’s Pence go to the Holy Father, who distributes them for the necessities of the universal Church and as charity to those most in need.
 
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2016, 08:07:21 PM »

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors new website

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vaticans-anti-abuse-commission-launches-new-website-62663/

Vatican's anti-abuse commission launches new website

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 06:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched a new website Tuesday, which is designed to help inform the public about their work, and includes resources for Church leaders on safeguarding children and caring for survivors.

Announced by the Vatican Dec. 6, and coinciding with the feast of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, the website is considered to be in the “beta” stage and is still undergoing development.

However, the website already includes information on the history, mission and members of the Commission, practical resources and Church documents on the topic of abuse, as well as past and upcoming programs of the commission, and news about their current work.
 
The website is currently only available in English, but will eventually be expanded to include Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French language versions.

http://www.protectionofminors.va/content/tuteladeiminori/en.html
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 10:07:21 PM »

The Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/vatican-museums-open-doors-wider-with-mobile-friendly-website.cfm

Vatican Museums open doors wider with mobile-friendly website
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
1.23.2017 10:25 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.

The "Musei Vaticani" YouTube channel lists short visual "tours" of some of its collections along with a handful of promotional videos highlighting specially tailored tours and services offered on-site, including signing guides for the deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Its website, museivaticani.va, has been completely revamped to be compatible with all platforms and devices in order to extend its reach to even "remote corners of the earth," said Barbara Jatta, the museums' new director, said at a Vatican news conference Jan. 23.

The site, offered in five languages, features a sleeker design, simpler texts and faster navigation, Jatta said. Links to pages can also be shared via Twitter, Facebook or email.

The website provides information about booking visits and purchasing tickets to the museums, the Vatican Gardens, the "Via Triumphalis" necropolis under the Vatican hill and the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.
 
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2017, 10:09:54 PM »

Peter’s Pence Office on Twitter (@Obolus_EN) and Instagram

http://www.news.va/en/news/popes-charity-goes-social

Pope's charity goes social
2017-03-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) People around the world can now connect directly with the Peter’s Pence Office on Twitter (@Obolus_EN) and Instagram. The Office collects donations offered by the faithful as signs of their sharing in the Pope's concerns for the many different needs of the Universal Church.

Following the successful launch of a website in November 2016, the charitable Office’s goal of communicating directly, accurately and transparently with Catholics around the world and with all people who want to help the most needy has led to the launch of new accounts in English, Italian and Spanish.

Pope Francis’ messages, which can already be found on the Peter’s Pence website, are being posted on Twitter and Instagram on a daily basis, along with photos, reflections and more information about the charitable works of the Holy See. The Office has committed to sustaining projects of all sizes around the world, including the creation of a paediatric hospital in Bangui in the Central African Republic and supporting the first Catholic university in Jordan.

Follow Peter's Pence on Instagram account. Click here to visit the Twitter accounts in Italian and in Spanish. Interact with the Office by using the hashtag: #movingMercy.

Please find below the full communique:
 
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 08:55:52 PM »

Peter's Pence on Facebook

http://www.news.va/en/news/peters-pence-on-facebook

Peter's Pence on Facebook
2017-05-19 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has announced that “Peter’s Pence” will now have a Facebook page.

Peter’s Pence is the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.

The move to Facebook follows the opening of Twitter and Instagram accounts for Peter’s Pence, which took place earlier this year.

According to a press release from the Vatican, the decision to utilize the largest social network in the world has a double objective: “on the one hand, to create a community open to everyone wherever the use of Facebook is widespread; and, on the other hand, to share and relate the activities of this longstanding Office of Solidarity.”
 
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« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2017, 09:05:20 PM »

New interactive website for youth in preparation for the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October, 2018

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/06/13/synod_secretariat_announces_launch_of_interactive_website/1318661

Synod Secretariat announces launch of interactive website
13/06/2017 12:10

(Vatican Radio) The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops announced a new website on Tuesday, in preparation for the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October, 2018.

The Synod Assembly is to be dedicated to the role of young people in the life of the Church
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A statement from the Secretariat explains that the site is designed to promote the broad, interactive participation of young people from all around the world in preparations for the Assembly.

The new website includes an online questionnaire addressed directly to young people in different languages ​​(Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese).
 
The website will be active from June 14th of this year (2017), and may be found at the following address: http://youth.synod2018.va
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2018, 05:36:36 PM »

Various links of Vatican News on social media provided in the article

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-01/vatican-news-community-exceeds-4-million-users-on-social-media.html

Vatican News community exceeds 4 million users on social media
09 January 2018, 08:34 

Infographic of Vatican News social media community

The Vatican Secretariat for Communication releases a communiqué detailing recent restructuring efforts on social media channels under the recently-presented Vatican News logo.

Vatican Secretariat for Communication:

Vatican News community exceeds 4 million users on social media following recent restructuring of platforms

A community that exceeds 4 million users on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. This is the latest result of the reorganization of the social media channels of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, unified under the recently presented Vatican News logo.

The launch of a Global Page on Facebook, in particular, brought together over 3 million followers, who can now consult the pages of the six languages ​​currently available (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese).

On Twitter, previous fragmentation has been corrected by rendering all six language accounts @vaticannews immediately recognizable. Added to this is the new @radiovaticanaitalia account which promotes and provides information on the activity of Radio Vaticana Italia, and the unique multilingual Vatican News channel on Instagram. The three social media platforms include the YouTube channel (in 6 languages), which is also under the Vatican News brand and which offers users live and on demand videos of the Pope’s activities.

Vatican News social media is coordinated by the Editorial Department and the Theological-Pastoral Department of the Communication Secretariat. The Pope's social media accounts are entrusted to a team of the Secretariat for Communication working in synergy with the Vatican Secretariat of State. These accounts are: @Pontifex on Twitter (over 44 million followers in 9 languages) and @Franciscus on Instagram (over 5 million followers on the single multilingual channel).
 
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