VATICAN CITY — Marking the beginning of the seventh year of the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican newspaper launched a new website.
The site, initially available only in Italian and English, debuted last evening as this morning’s issue of the newspaper rolled off the presses. Today is the anniversary of Pope Benedict’s election in 2005.
The newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said eventually it plans to have not just the daily Italian edition online, but also to post the English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish weekly editions as well.
Today the Italian site — and an English translation of select articles from it — was available for free. A story in the newspaper yesterday said the weekly editions would be available online to subscribers only, but articles from the daily Italian edition could be accessed free until Aug. 31 when the site will become subscription-only.