Pontiff Notes a Milestone for Vatican Radio

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says that Vatican Radio has helped the voice of Popes to reach “all peoples,” as he noted the station’s 75th anniversary.

In comments made today after praying the Angelus from the window of his study, the Holy Father recalled that it was Pope Pius XI who asked radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) to build the Vatican’s broadcasting station.

“With radio, and later television, the message of the Gospel and the words of Popes have reached all peoples more rapidly and easily,” acknowledged Benedict XVI.

Vatican Radio announced Saturday that the Holy Father will visit the radio’s installations March 3.

Father Federico Lombardi, director general of Vatican Radio, said in an interview with the station that it broadcasts programs in 40 languages and has 400 employees.

The management of Vatican Radio is entrusted by the Holy See to the Society of Jesus.

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