Revolution and evolution: Bringing all things Vatican online

VATICAN CITY — When the Vatican went online with its official Web site in 1997, it marked the start of the Holy See’s digital revolution – offering anyone with an Internet connection copies of Vatican documents and papal speeches in seven different languages.

But despite its leap into the digital ether a decade ago, the Vatican sometimes still moves at a centuries-slow pace. As a result, many Vatican agencies started up their own Web sites and home pages to bypass the many limitations and inconveniences of being hosted on the Vatican’s official portal.

Many of those sites, like the one the Congregation for Clergy unveiled last year or the one for Vatican City State, are colorful, informative, and easy to navigate.

Now the Vatican’s Council for Culture has made a fresh revolutionary jump by uploading an excerpt from a recent Vatican press conference on Darwin and biological evolution onto YouTube.

Broadcast with the help of SRM-Science and Religion in Media, viewers can go here or watch below to see the culture council’s president, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, explain that Darwin had never been condemned by the Catholic church and that the scientist’s theory of evolution is compatible with the Catholic faith.

The archbishop’s talk is broken up into three segments and while the video is in Italian, English subtitles scroll across the screen.

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

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