24 Jan 2009

Pope launches Vatican on YouTube

9:20 am on 24 January 2009

Pope Benedict XVI has launched his own dedicated channel on YouTube.

The Vatican says video and audio footage of his speeches as well as news of the Holy See will be posted on the popular video sharing website. Initially they will be in English, German, Spanish and Italian.

Vatican officials say it is aimed at everyone from devout Catholics to the casual web user.

The Vatican already has its own website which was launched in 1995.

The Vatican's Osservatore Romano newspaper says the aim is to "secure the Pope's presence on the web."