Da Vinci Code makes Opus Dei website a hit

The Hitwise website traffic research company has reported dramatic increases in visits to the Australian Opus Dei website in the wake of publicity surrounding the film The Da Vinci Code.

In its May newsletter, circulated yesterday, Hitwise said its research shows visits to www.opusdei.org.au increased by 80% for the week ending 13 May.

Other religious websites to benefit include ChristianityToday.com (www.christianitytoday.com), the United Church of God (www.ucg.org.au), and Ignatius Press (www.ignatius.com) with 2.8%.

Hitwise, an Australian company that claims to be the world's leading online competitive intelligence service, said that Sony Pictures (www.sonypictures.com), film distributor of The Da Vinci Code, was the main beneficiary, as the Google search engine directed the bulk of traffic to the official site of the film.

Da Vinci Code Prompts Spiritual and Travel Destination Searches (Hitwise Australia Newsletter, May 2006)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Opus Dei

Jesuit says Da Vinci Code exposes poor religious education (CathNews 23/5/06)
Da Vinci Code bores Bishops' film reviewer (CathNews 19/5/06)
Priest-critic says Da Vinci film mild compared to book (CathNews 18/5/06)
The Truth Decoded
Opus Dei
The Da Vinci Code - an invitation to learn the truth (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference)
Deciphering Da Vinci (Catholic Australia)
Jesus Decoded (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Archbishops say Da Vinci boycott not necessary (CathNews 17/5/06)
Organisation head says Code exploited Opus Dei (CathNews 16/5/06)
Hickey says don't take Da Vinci film seriously (CathNews 15/5/06)
British team warns against Da Vinci Code "trap" (CathNews 12/5/06)
Scholars setting record straight on Mary Magdalene (CathNews 3/5/06)
Opus Dei priest says it's OK to see The Da Vinci Code (CathNews 28/4/06)

Opus Dei has 34 new priests (Opus Dei 27/5/06)
Vatican reviewer pans Da Vinci Code (Catholic World News 26/5/06)
Minorities against the blasphemous and satanic Da Vinci Code (AsiaNews.it 24/5/06)
Vatican reviewer pans Da Vinci Code (Catholic World News 24/5/06)

31 May 2006