"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Will there be an Arabic Section of the Vatican's Official Website?

Feeling neglected by the rest of the Christian world, missionaries assigned to the Middle East have very little resources to be used to Evangelize our brethren in the Middle East. Except that of the Coptics made available in Egypt by Christian Copts, we have no other means to bring the message of Christ in their own language. Perhaps an Arabic authorized Catholic Version, or the official Vatican City's website with an Arabic version could speak to millions of Arabs accross the Middle East.

Vatican is planning to include Arabic and Russian in its official website. Hopefully, this will not take much time while the harvest is still plenty, and the harvesters are still waiting for their reaping tools for the harvest. Let's pray to the Lord of the harvest that he may provide our missionaries their tools and send forth the harvesters without delay.

May our Blessed Mother be their inspiration of patience while watching the ripening fruit of our labor.

Catholicism: Vatican mulling Arabic and Russian versions of website

Vatican City, Religiouscope - The Vatican plans to revamp its official website and is considering opening sections in Arabic and Russian, an official said Tuesday.

The need to use language "that is comprehensible to today's internet users," is prompting the initiative, Monsignor Lucio Adrian Ruiz who manages the site, told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

The site: www.vatican.va currently consists of some half-a-million pages with sections in eight languages: Latin, Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Chinese.

"First of all it must be made clear that it will be a long process (to update the site). But it has to be done," Ruiz said.

The site was first launched in 1995 with a Christmas message by the then pontiff, John Paul II.

It currently hosts several sections, including archive material, statements and publications from the Holy See's press office - such as the daily bulletin.

There is also an area dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI including speeches, details of his travels and other activities.

Plans include expanding the section on all the 265th popes in history, with online versions of documents and other materials, Ruiz said.

A video archive collecting images of Benedict's pontificate which began in 2005, is also in the pipeline.

The Vatican site currently receives an average of some three million "hits" a day.

However, some of these may be multiple attempts to reach the site from the same source so a new statistical system will be introduced to enable the Holy See to assess how many people actually visit the site, Ruiz explained.

The most hits originate from computers in the US, followed by Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, France and China, he added.

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