Vatican to get own YouTube channel

VATICAN CITY Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:31am EST

File photo shows Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2007. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano

File photo shows Pope Benedict XVI from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2007.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will soon have its own channel on the video sharing site YouTube where the Catholic faithful or the curious will be able to see Pope Benedict or Church events, a Vatican source said on Saturday.

The details of the accord are due to be presented on Friday at a news conference attended by Vatican officials as well as Henrique de Castro, managing director of media solutions for Google, which owns YouTube.

The initiative will involve Google, the Vatican Television Center and Vatican Radio.

It will mark the Vatican's deepest plunge into new media. The Vatican opened up its website, www.vatican.va, in 1995.

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