Listening to the first Angelus of John XXIII or even Benedict XVI's last message as Pontiff, now it's all possible thanks to a new digital archive.
Vatican radio has digitized its audio files, making key Papal speeches, comments or phrases available. The new archive dates all the way back to 1931.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Director- Vatican Radio
"These Popes are in a way still among us, especially spiritually. With these archives, we can feel their presence through their own voice. We can hear and even feel their personalities.”
The archive, which is titled 'The Voice of Popes' includes 800 audio recordings and unedited material which spans all the way from Pope Pius XI to Pope Francis.
All the files include more than 27,000 papal moments. With technology changing so fast, there was a risk of them becoming obsolete in the near future.
So now even simple phrases like the popular 'Have a good Lunch' of Pope Francis, will be recorded not just in the archives, but in history.