BY ANNA ARCO BY MARK PATTISON IN WASHINGTON DC
BILLING itself as the Internet's first Catholic television station, www.realcatholictv.com is up and numing and looks forward to expanding operations in October.
The intemet site debuted last week and a £5-a-month subscription service will be introduced next month. Michael Voris, senior executive producer of the fledgling operation, said: "Prior to the technology of the new media era, this would have been essentially impossible without doing the traditional means of buying time on television and the distribution vehicles, satellite [delivery] and all that stuff. That would have been prohibitively expensive.
"For a lot less money — though it's still expensive — we can reach a lot of people for pennies on the dollar."
In the site's first three days almost 2,500 people visited, without any concerted advertising or publicity effort, according to Mr Voris. MADONNA prayed in a church during a visit to Rome last week.
The singer spent over an hour in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, meditating in front of the relics of the True Cross, according to the priest who looks after the church.
Fr Gaetano Claudio Floras° told II Messagero, a Roman newspaper, that Madonna Louise Ciccone entered the church through a side door and then spent a long time in front of the relics.
This came shortly after Madonna, who follows a mystical sect of Judaism called Kabbalah but who was baptised a Catholic, dedicated a provocative song to Pope Benedict.