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So the vatican redesigned its website. Reshuffled it, more likely.
Still, at least they got rid of the unnecessary “choose your language” page which would then lead you to the homepage in your language of choice.
But, contrary to appearance, I am not bothered by how the website looks. It has a certain charm, and while intuition is not enough to find what you are looking for, it is there (and if it isn’t, there are countless websites which do – among them the Vatican’s own News.va, the website of Vatican Radio, Zenit, and so on).
My only wish would be proper websites for the Curial departments, with easy access to what they publish.
Published on the Translations page yesterday, a translation of this article by William Oddie of the Catholic Herald. I made the translation on the request of Ronald Marks, co-author of Marks & Marks Blogspot.
Odie takes Archbishop Dolan’s recent blog post on the ‘policies’ of the Vatican as a starting point and explores the issue further. He finds that there is an important question that Catholics have yet barely begun to ask themselves: are we able to bridge the gap of understanding between us and the secular world? An important issue, not least in the Netherlands.
In a recent blog post, Archbishop Timothy Dolan asks us to consider who we are blaming for the things we don’t like in the Church. Too often, ‘the Vatican’ is presented as issuing big bad doctrines and displaying an unwillingness to adapt to the times. The archbishop of New York explains how it really works.
I would think this is good summer reading for disobedient priests, subjective journalists and all others who are somehow active in the Church, but really seem to have no clue what that Church is.
Also available is my translation.
… than a thousands words, they say. So with that in mind I won’t add many words to the reports of yesterday’s beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Instead, here are 20 photos which I liked:
[But if there is need of words, here is my translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily.]
 Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images
  Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
    Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images
 AP Photo/Massimo Sestini, Polizia di Stato
 Pool L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images
 REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool
 AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano
  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images
 REUTERS/Max Rossi
 Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
  AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito
  AP Photo/Andrew Medichini
 AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca
Rocco Palmo reports on yesterday’s demonstration/vigil of some 75 victims of sexual abuse at the Vatican. Go there to read about what happened at the event that was expressly supposed not be a protest, but which featured placards and cries of accusation nonetheless.
Vatican press head Fr. Federico Lombardi met with the protesters and addressed them with some words which are also featured at the Loggia above. My translation of this address is available here and via the ‘Translations’ tab above.