Written by Sherry
Thursday, 17 April 2008 06:41
How far the blogging world has come.
Tim Drake and company over at the National Catholic Reporter scooped the MSM with a rough text of the Pope's airborne comments. The Vatican, the New York Time, etc. Glance at this Detroit Free Press article on the "Pope of the Internet"
The Internet is all over this visit. All the big TV networks have special multimedia coverage areas on their news sites, of course.
But Internet-only outlets are where you will really find the Pope's first pastoral visit to the United States being debated, dissected and debriefed.
Start with one of the most ambitious Web projects of all, a site called WatchThePope.com, created by the Prayer Channel, a New York City cable channel devoted to religious coverage.
Besides extensive commentary, live video coverage of the visit, papal wallpaper that can be downloaded for the iPhone and a do-it-yourself instruction sheet to make your own pope hat, the site has an "Eyewitness Blog" for people who get a glimpse of the pope to record their experiences.
There is an official site for the visit, run by the Vatican. USPapalVisit.org, besides offering constantly updated multimedia coverage, has links for teaching resources to learn more about the pope, the church and the issues he raises while here. There also are links and background reports on each venue Benedict will visit during his six days in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The Vatican's official site, meanwhile, is less flashy but equally comprehensive, with English and Italian versions of most speeches and events.
The Archdiocese of Detroit is devoting most of its Web site to the visit, with an official video welcome by Cardinal Adam Maida and links to blogs and other online video coverage.
Catholic News Service is posting photo galleries updated through the days of Benedict's public appearance.