The Pope Comes To YouTube - InformationWeek
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
01:56 PM
Connect Directly
Building Security for the IoT
Nov 09, 2017
In this webcast, experts discuss the most effective approaches to securing Internet-enabled system ...Read More>>

The Pope Comes To YouTube

The Vatican's YouTube channel offers videos of the pope's speeches, news, and other religious information.

Pope Benedict XVI already has a channel to God; now he has a channel on YouTube, where he will compete for attention with the Jonas Brothers and the rest of the world's spotlight seekers.

"Today's good news is that the pope is on YouTube," said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, S.I., director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Center, and the Holy See Press Office. "Many people all over the world want to know and understand what the pope thinks, what the Catholic Church says about the major problems facing the world today. Now this is easier with the new Vatican channel on YouTube, currently available in English, Spanish, German, and Italian."

The new channel provides links to the pope's speeches and other religious information.

According to Lombardi, viewers "can use YouTube's built-in interactive features to send messages, comment, and to share videos of interest with their friends. This initiative is aimed at creating a climate of dialogue, and at promoting open communication in all directions."

At present, however, the communication is neither open nor bidirectional. None of the 12 Vatican videos that have been posted include any comments, despite hundreds or thousands of views. That's because all comments on the Vatican channel must be approved. At the time this article was written, not a single comment had been approved.

The pope's presence on YouTube is the latest sign that Google's online video sharing site has become a major force in global communication. The site's reach is already well-known to the U.S. political elite: YouTube videos appear on the new White House Web site and the U.S. Congress has its own YouTube channel for addressing online video viewers.

YouTube in October attracted more than 100 million videos, according to ComScore. Videos served from Google sites that month, 98% of which came from YouTube, represent almost 40% of U.S. videos viewed online.

And YouTube's reach looks like it will expand further. In a conference call for investors on Thursday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he expected YouTube videos to become more accessible to TV watchers because an increasing number of consumer video-device makers are including support for Internet video.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll