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Vatican Back On The Web For Easter

Tue., March 25, 1997, midnight

After a highly successful pilot project, Pope John Paul II is returning to the Internet in time for Easter.

The Vatican will officially open the full version of its World Wide Web site on Easter Sunday when the pope delivers his traditional holiday message and greetings in some 50 languages, it said Monday.

John Paul made his Internet debut on Christmas 1995 - more than 300,000 people visited the site in the first two days - but the project was suspended so the Vatican could work on an expanded version.

The new site will be in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Vatican hopes to add Arabic and Chinese. It will include Vatican news and documents, imagery from the Vatican Museums and sound from Vatican Radio.

The Vatican Web site is

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