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In a move to keep pace with the rapidly developing digital culture, top Vatican officials have collaborated in the launch of VatiVision, a new on-demand streaming service aimed at promoting Christian values through film.

Speaking to journalists June 4, Paolo Ruffini, head of the Vatican communications department, noted that oftentimes, there are “many theoretical and practical problems in finding things that respond to the need for culture, for beauty, and the possibility of sharing and offering a quality cultural product” which helps people to rediscover faith and beauty.

“Here we have the beauty of being able to connect the past, the present and the future and to offer a response to the questions that in some sense we all have,” he said, referring to VatiVision.

In October 2019 Vetrya, an Italian digital research and innovation agency, and the Vatican office for communication announced the launch of the on-demand multidevice streaming service providing access to television series, documentaries and films inspired by Christianity.

Promoted with the slogan, “2020 years of culture, art and faith with film,” the new service is sponsored by UBI Bank. Viewers who access the platform, available at, will have multiscreen access through television sets, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

The service will also be available on TIMvision, the television service of one of Italy’s largest internet and cell phone service providers.

Presented to journalists Thursday, VatiVision will be available to the public Monday, June 8, offering a variety of content, including original programming such as Lourdes, a film documentary released in Italy in February, and the 2018 television series, I Grandi Papi, or “the Great Popes,” which follows the stories of Popes John XXIII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

Clients will not be required to pay for a subscription and can purchase individual programs.

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