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    Default Vatican approves plan for Catholic TV news agency

    Vatican approves plan for Catholic TV news agency
    Monday, January 15th, 2007

    A new Catholic news agency that will serve television stations and Internet sites has won the backing of the Vatican, the Holy See’s spokesman said today. The Vatican’s television station CTV “is naturally available to collaborate will all initiatives that make for better communication within the Church and about the Church,” Federico Lombardi told reporters at the Vatican.

    Jesus Colina, director of the religious news agency Zenit, is among the founders of H2O - named after the water molecule to suggest a fount of information. Lombardi stressed that H2O would be “absolutely independent” of Zenit, which is associated with Legionnaires of Christ, a conservative congregation that is active in Latin America as well as Rome.

    Colina told the ANSA news agency that H2O planned to be “self-financing” and hoped to reach at least 20 million users - media, Internet and cell phone - by 2009. It will enter into competition with an existing television news agency, Rome Report, which is close to the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei.

    (Source: AFP)

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    Vaticanul a anuntat ieri un proiect de agentie de televiziune, botezata H2O News, organizata ca un furnizor de informatii de profil pentru televiziunile si paginile web catolice din toata lumea.

    Agentia ar urma sa functioneze dupa principiul unei cooperative, a declarat purtatorul de cuvant al Vaticanului, preotul iezuit Federico Lombardi, citat de AFP.

    Acesta a precizat ca centrul de televiziune Vatican CTV, care detine monopolul pentru toate materialele filmate la manifestarile pontificale, va contribui la noul proiect.

    Pentru inceput, H2O News va produce, conform planului, cinci materiale informative pe zi, de aproximativ un minut si jumatate: doua despre activitatea papei, doua despre Biserica in celelalte parti ale lumii si unul cu profil cultural-artistic. Mai sunt prevazute interviuri cu jurnalistii catolici si, in anumite limite, materiale despre documente de la Vatican.

    H2O se va autofinanta

    Ideea pentru agentia H2O (care preia in nume formula chimica a apei) a aparut in octombrie 2006, cu ocazia unui congres international al televiziunilor catolice. Initiatorul sau, Jesus Colina, este directorul agentiei de presa religioasa Zenit, apropiata de congregatia conservatoare "Legionarii lui Hristos".

    "H2O nu va avea nicio legatura cu "Legionarii lui Hristos" si va fi complet independenta de Zenit", a spus parintele Lombardi.
    Potrivit lui Jesus Colina, citat de Ansa, H2O se va baza pe un mecanism de "autofinantare".

    El a precizat ca obiectivul agentiei de televiziune pentru urmatorii doi ani este "atingerea a cel putin 20 de milioane de utilizatori din toata lumea, prin intermediul televiziunii, al internetului si al telefoanelor mobile".

    Produsele informationale vor fi gratuite pentru retelele de televiziune catolice si pentru utilizatorii de internet. In acest moment, cea mai importanta agentie religioasa de televiziune este Rome Report, o institutie apropiata de organizatia conservatoare catolica "Opus Dei".



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