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Vatican Radio
Radio Vaticana - Logo 2017.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
FormatNews, religious celebrations, in-depth programs, and music
AffiliationsWorld Radio Network
OwnerSecretariat for Communications of the Roman Curia
First air date
12 February 1931; 93 years ago (1931-02-12)
WebsiteVatican Radio

Administration building and radio masts at Vatican City

Vatican Radio (Italian Radio Vaticana) is the official broadcasting service of the Vatican.

Established in 1931 by Guglielmo Marconi, today its programs are offered in 47 languages, and are sent out on shortwave (also Digital Radio Mondiale), medium wave, FM, satellite and the Internet. Since its inception, Vatican Radio has been maintained by the Jesuit Order. Vatican Radio preserved its independence during the rise of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. A week after Pope Pius XII ordered the programming, Vatican Radio broadcast to an unbelieving world that Poles and Jews were being rounded up and forced into ghettos.

Today, programming is produced by over two hundred journalists located in 61 different countries. Vatican Radio produces more than 42,000 hours of simultaneous broadcasting covering international news, religious celebrations, in-depth programs, and music. Current general director is Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.

On 27 June 2015, Pope Francis, in a motu proprio apostolic letter, established the Secretariat for Communications in the Roman Curia, which absorbed Vatican Radio effective 1 January 2017, ending the organization's 85 years of independent operation.

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