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Vatican Radio set to celebrate 90 years of evangelisation on the waves

Milestone: Pope Pius XI, his successor Pacelli with Marconi at starting of Vatican Radio 1931

VATICAN Radio was switched on in 1931 and has transmitted the Gospel across the world faithfully for 90 years, set to mark the milestone on February 12.

It was designed and set-up by Gugielmo Marconi on two shortwave frequencies to share the pontifical message “Omni creaturae” proclaimed by Pope Pius XI.

The channel now broadcasts in 41 languages with staff hailing from 69 nations.

To commemorate 90 years of service, Vatican Radio launched a new website and a 24-hour web radio service.

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

Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication Paolo Ruffini said Vatican Radio was 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, and who looked toward the future at the same time,” Dr Ruffini said.

He said the service maintained 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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