Vatican newspaper now in Malayalam

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, will now be available to some 6 million Catholics in the Indian state of Kerala starting today — the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle .

While the daily paper comes out six days a week in Italian, the paper also publishes weekly editions in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and a monthly paper in Polish. The Malayalam edition is a translation of the English-language weekly edition and will be the newspaper’s first publication in a language that does not use the Roman alphabet. 

In a message sent June 25, Pope Benedict XVI called the new publication “a highly significant event in the life of the church in India” since it will keep so many Catholics fully informed about the ministry of the pope and the Vatican and strengthen the bonds of Kerala’s Catholic community to the See of Peter.  

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