Zoebelein is the editorial director of the Internet Office of the Holy
See. In 1995, she and a handful of colleagues approached Pope John Paul
II about launching a Vatican website. The Pope gave his approval.
According to an
article in the May 8th issue of Business Week, what began as a Web page
of the Pope’s 1995 Christmas message has since become one of the most
expansive and visited websites. The current Vatican site typically gets
about one million visitors per month.
Zoebelein is creating a second Vatican website aimed at bringing
together the faithful. There will be personal news updates, e-learning
programs, and areas set aside for families, young people, and parishes.
"People will be
able to find each other and work together online, and then go back and
use what they have learned or done in their own communities," Sr.
Zoebelein told Business Week.
Sr. Zoebelein said she believes the Net is the ultimate way to reach millions of people and to connect them with God.
American nun grew up in a middle-class household in the Hamptons on
Long Island. A member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Sr.
Zoebelein worked with social service agencies in Asia, Africa, and
Business Week, she took an interest in computers and set up computer
networks in relief agency offices around the world. She was called to
the Vatican in 1991 to help out with its computer systems until the
Internet site was developed.
woman behind the much-renowned Vatican website is working on a new
faith-based community site, which will be launched this fall and aim to
bring together Catholics from around the world.