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Three million watched papal visit online

By on Thursday, 23 September 2010

The official papal visit website

The official papal visit website

Over three million people watched the live streaming of the papal visit on the official website, according to Church officials. 
The footage was streamed by 1.45 million computers around the world, which means it would have been viewed by an estimated two and a half to three million people.
The worldwide audience spread afar as India, from where many supportive emails originated. 
James Abbott, webmaster of the Catholic Communications Network (CCN), said he was “very pleased” by the response and that it had been “important to offer the visit online”. 
He said the link had been “uninterrupted” and was available even while the BBC and Sky coverage was broken by advertisements or other news, and was “agenda free” since it was provided with no commentary.
The CCN, Mr Abbott said, wishes to “build on the enthusiasm” of the response, and is considering live streaming of Church events in future.
He said that a “more multimedia approach” was being looked into, but that it was dependent on the availability of funding.     
Mr Abbott also expressed a wish for the videos to be converted into a “living archive” for the future.  While keeping the visit in its entirety online was a challenge, he said, “many options” were being looked into to maintain an online record of as much of the visit as was practical and affordable.

  • Andrew Lomas

    It was absolutely brilliant! I hope it remains online so we can continue to re – live the events!

  • Bwaj

    I hope there will be a full Papal Visit single,double or triple DVD or video.

  • Fariam

    I was very happy and very impressed! I live in the FAroe Islands where Catholics are a tiny minority (1%) in a mainly Lutheran setting. The local and national media gave absolutely NO coverage of the event in any shape or form. Had it not being for Papal Visit Live, I would have seen nothing apart from the BBC World News highlights… I posted the link to alert others as well so they also had the possibility of following. THANK YOU!

  • Andrew M.

    Thank You.

    I am living in Dubai and have followed the Papal Masses online on your website.

    Blessed Isles, indeed!


  • pattif

    The coverage was superb. Not only was it possible to take part in the events we couldn't attend, it was also a great joy to be able to replay the events we did attend. If there is a way of keeping the Papal Visit website going, complete with “Watch Again”, it would be wonderful, but, if that is not possible, could I make a plea for a DVD set of the whole visit, not just edited highlights?

    Many thanks to all involved.

  • witness2hope

    I watched Pope Benedict on papalvisitonline as well!

    Thank you very much for the live stream.