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Successful test Of Vatican educational webcast

After successfully testing an educational video-conference that was broadcast through the Internet, the Congregation for the Clergy is now preparing to offer similar programs of formation for priests on a regular basis.

Catholic World News reports that Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, told reporters that he was pleased with the initial program broadcast on Saturday, in which 29 different theologians had offered reflections on developments in christology since Vatican II.

The 90-minute program, including presentations by theologians scattered around the globe, encountered no serious technical difficulties.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos said that the high-tech presentation was a response to a challenge from Pope John Paul II, who had urged Vatican officials to make effective use of the means of modern communications. He observed that a regular monthly series of similar presentations would help to inform priests who might otherwise not have access to such educational resources.

The cardinal also reported that Pope John Paul had written to congratulate the Congregation on its initial webcast, and expressed his regrets that he had not been able to take an active role in the conference. The Holy Father is expected to be one of the participants in a coming monthly presentation.