VATICAN CITY - Vatican plans to revamp its website and is considering opening sections in Arabic and Russian. The need to use language ''that is comprehensible to today's internet users,'' is prompting the initiative, Monsignor Lucio Adrian Ruiz who manages the site, told the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

The site,, consists of half-a-million pages with sections in Latin, Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Chinese.

''First of all it must be made clear that it will be a long process (to update the site). But it has to be done,'' Monsignor Ruiz said. The site was launched in 1995 with a Christmas message by then pontiff, John Paul II, and receives an average of 3 million hits a day.