Special Vatican web ‘widget’ available

The Vatican is offering a special software application that will allow anyone with a website or blog to provide readers with automatically updated news and documents from the Vatican.

When installed, the widget opens a small rectangular window with four tabs. Clicking on one provides the latest news from the Vatican, the Pope’s Sunday Angelus, recent speeches and the Vatican press office’s daily news bulletin.

The Vatican has said the widget should help make the contents of its website more widely known and is another opportunity to use new technology “to spread the word of the Holy Father”.