Vatican Radio celebrates 90 years with new services

The microphone used by Pope Pius XI in 1931 to inaugurate Vatican Radio (Vatican Media)

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the directors of Vatican Radio announced the creation of a new website and a 24-hour web radio. Source: Vatican News.

Pope Pius XI inaugurated Vatican Radio on February 12, 1931, with the mission of carrying the voice of the Pope and the hope of the Gospel to every corner of the globe.

It was designed and set up by Guglielmo Marconi, who invented the first commercially successful radio transmission system, and was entrusted to the Jesuit Order until 2017.

Now, 90 years later, Vatican Radio has expanded its operations to include radio transmissions in 41 languages.

To mark this major milestone, the broadcaster is launching a reworked website and a web radio which will broadcast programming 24 hours a day.

In a statement released yesterday, Vatican Radio’s directors praised the long-standing efforts of the broadcasting channel, whose staff hail from 69 nations.

Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, said Vatican Radio is continually evolving while remaining rooted in its originality and identity.

“We celebrate this historic milestone with gratitude for all that has been done by those who have come before us,” Dr Ruffini said, “and who looked toward the future at the same time.”

Vatican Radio, he said, maintains its dedication to its original mission of “service to the Church, the Pope, and the human person wherever they may be, no matter what religion or culture they belong to”.


Vatican Radio celebrating 90th anniversary with new services (By Devin Watkins, Vatican News

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