The pope to celebrate 75 years of Vatican Radio

Source: FSSPX News


Fr. Federico Lombardi, director general of Radio Vatican has announced that Benedict XVI will pay a visit on March 3. “The 75th Anniversary falls on February 12, 2006 and on this occasion we have invited the pope”, said the Jesuit Father, recalling that Cardinal Ratzinger, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “was well acquainted with the radio station  where he used to come regularly to record broadcasts for the German radio program.”

 Palazzo Pio, the radio’s headquarters, is located in Via della Conciliazione in Rome, not far from the Tiber and  the Castle Sant Angelo. The vist will last about an hour. After visiting the radio chapel, the pope will meet the 400 employees. The anniversary will be an opportunity for Fr. Lombardi to present to the media “the new items on his website 

 Following the Lateran Treaty in 1929, Pius XI entrusted the task of setting up a radio station inside the New Vatican State, to Guglielmo Marconi, and appointed the Jesuit Father Giuseppe Gianfranceschi, a physicist and mathematician, director of Radio Vatican. Inaugurated by Pius XI on February 12 1931, the radio was described as a “polyglot microcosm at the service of the Pope and the universal Church”. Today Vatican Radio offers 78 hours of daily programs on 5 channels, in 40 languages, to all five continents and broadcasts live on the Internet, the pope’s talks being particularly popular. Radio Vatican employs 200 journalists from 58 countries.