Vatican and new communication technologies

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Daria A. Klimenko

PhD student at the Chair of Foreign Journalism and Literature, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: Foreign Journalism

This article presents a review of the Holy See attitude towards mass communications in general and especially to the new information technologies. It analyses the successful examples of their usage for the purpose of catholic religion propaganda. Today Vatican is presented in the information space not only by traditional media and their on-line versions, but also by such latest canals as RSS, chat room, newsgroups, mailing list, social net Facebook, video server YouTube, multiple Internet sites, dedicated to the Catholic religion, journalists-vaticanists blogs. All this permits to speak about such modern phenomena as Internet church and Cyber religion.

Keywords: Vatican, Internet, ethics, technology, blog