Vatican News App

Last updated
Vatican News App
Initial releaseJanuary 23, 2013;6 years ago (2013-01-23)
Stable release
7.0.4 / July 25, 2019;52 days ago (2019-07-25)
Operating system Android, iOS
Website w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en/apps.html

The Vatican News App is an official mobile application software issued by the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication. Formerly titled The Pope App, the app was launched on January 23, 2013 under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, a now-defunct dicastery that was merged into the Secretariat (now Dicastery) for Communication in March 2016.

Holy See Episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, Italy

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It was originally promoted as an application with focus on the figure of the Pope which made it possible to follow the Pope's events while they are taking place. Alerts notified the followers by informing and offering access to "official papal-related content in a variety of formats". [2] The app also enabled its users to see areas of the Vatican through webcams allocated throughout St. Peter's Square in Rome that broadcast images.

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References

  1. "The Pope has a new App-titute". Catholic News Service - Blog. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. "The Pope App". Official Vatican Media. Retrieved 26 April 2014.