L'Osservatore Romano Launches New Web Site

Marks Today's Anniversary of Benedict XVI's Election

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican's semi-official daily launched a new Web site today, marking the anniversary of Benedict XVI's election in 2005.

L'Osservatore Romano is posted in its various weekly or monthly language editions, as well as the Italian daily.

Subscriptions to the weekly/monthly editions are already available. The daily will be available for free until Aug. 31, with subscriptions beginning Sept. 1.

The daily will be posted in the afternoon of Rome time, its traditional publishing hour.

Translations into other languages, beginning with English, will be forthcoming.

L'Osservatore Romano has been publishing since 1861; the first issue had four pages. Pope Leo XIII in 1885 made it an organ of information for the Holy See.