VATICAN CITY — Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center are putting snippets from their vast audio and film archives of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate online on YouTube and Facebook.
The initiative, launched today, is meant as a run-up to the late pope’s beatification May 1.
The new YouTube page is here and features short clips of Pope John Paul, starting with his election in 1979.
Each video will be categorized by year, theme or the language the pope was speaking at the particular event. Three or four new videos will be added each day.
Those who like JP2 should be aware that Facebook is awash with unofficial John Paul II (and Pope Benedict) fan pages and spoofs. The page being run by Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center is at www.facebook.com/vatican.johnpaul2