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Collection Papal Transition 2013 Web Archive

About this Collection

The resignation of a presiding Pope of the Catholic Church is an event that has not happened in 600 years. In 2005, the Library of Congress captured websites relating to the death of Pope John Paul II, the first papal transition in the Internet Age. Just eight years later, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI represents a change in leadership affecting over one billion Catholics worldwide as well as social policy internationally.

The Papal Transition 2013 Web Archive documents this transfer from one pope to another as it emerged on the Internet. The types of websites archived include the following: religious bodies, religious organizations, Catholic web sources, U.S. and foreign government sites, international press coverage, editorials, public opinion, tributes and memorials, blogs, and other relevant sites.

Collection Period: February 2013 to April 2013.

Frequency of Collection: The majority of sites in the collection were targeted for capture weekly. Other sites, including selected Wikipedia pages, Twitter accounts, news sites, and organization websites, were targeted for capture once.

Languages: Collection material in English with French, German, Italian, and Spanish.