Friday, January 23


The Vatican YouTube Channel

Pope Benedict XVI joined President Barack Obama and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday by launching his own YouTube channel, the latest Vatican effort to reach out to the digital generation.

The Vatican said it was launching the channel to broaden Benedict's audience while also giving the Holy See better control over the papal image online.

In his inaugural foray, Benedict welcomed viewers to this "great family that knows no borders" and said he hoped they would "feel involved in this great dialogue of truth."

The site,, was launched the same day the pontiff praised as a "gift to humanity" the benefits of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace in forging friendships and understanding.

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The Vatican's YouTube Channel can be found here:

Unfortunately, the Vatican has requested that embedding be disabled for its videos.

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