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Vatican Radio celebrating 90th anniversary with new services

As the Pope’s Radio celebrates its 90th anniversary, the directors of Vatican Radio announce the creation of a new website and a 24-hour web radio.

By Devin Watkins

Pope Pius XI inaugurated Vatican Radio on 12 February 1931 with the clear 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 also launching a reworked website and a web radio which will broadcast programming 24 hours a day.

Enduring mission of service

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

Dr. Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, Vatican Radio’s parent organization, said the 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,” he said, “and who looked toward the future at the same time.”

Vatican Radio, he pointed out, 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.”


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