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Pope stars in YouTube Vatican channel

Pope Benedict XVI will regularly appear on YouTube as the Vatican launches its own channel on the video-sharing site.

Pope Benedict XVI will regularly appear on YouTube as the Vatican launches its own channel on the video-sharing site.

With church attendances on the wane across Europe, the church wants to reach out to people through new technology.

The channel, which goes live today, will show the Pope's daily activities.

The first screening will be about new technologies in social communication, which is the theme he chose for this year's Catholic Church World Social Communication Day.

The motto for the day this year is new technologies, new relationships: promoting a culture of respect, dialogue and friendship, said Claudio M. Celli, president of the pontifical council of social communication.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the press room at Television Center and Vatican Radio, said this shows the Vatican's commitment to reach out to a global audience without regard for nationality or culture.

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