VATICAN CITY — Have you attended one of the pope’s weekly general audiences in St. Peter’s Square?
If so and you’d like a memento of that day, you should know that you can order online a DVD of Vatican Television’s full coverage of the event.
Obviously anyone can purchase the DVDs and you can pick any general audience spanning from April 21, 2010 to today’s. Those dates include some historic gatherings like Pope Benedict’s last general audience Feb. 27.
The Italian-based website www.vaticanum.com has partnered with the Vatican for a while now, helping people around the world order and receive print, audio and visual media produced by Vatican outlets as well as some religious articles.
In fact, with the Christmas countdown now at “35 Days to Go,” it may not be too early to look for some special gifts from the Vatican.
The site offers things like:
- Official papal calendars.
- Daily planners with artwork from the Vatican Museums.
- Books from the Vatican Publishing House (with a search feature filtering by language).
- The pope’s official portrait.
Some unique offerings include:
A double CD titled “Music of the Conclave,” with the complete live recordings of the liturgical music sung by the Sistine Chapel Choir and the cardinal electors chanting before entering the conclave that eventually elected Pope Francis.
- A four-CD box set of “the only recording ever” of Pope Benedict praying the entire rosary in Latin.
- (Though they’re sold out…) the official and misspelled “LESUS” medal of Pope Francis’ pontificate.
- A stuffed “Bedtime Bunny” that children can take to bed and, when they press its tummy, helps them recite a classic bedtime prayer.