February 22, 2011.
Federico Lombardi, director of Vatican Radio, and Cardinal Giovanni
Lajolo, President of the Governorate of Vatican City, opened this
exhibition that traced the history of the pope´s radio station.
Director, Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums have done their best to prepare this small exhibition
in the entrance hall, which is a strategic location because for the
year-long survey, about 5 million people people of all languages will
visit from around the world, showing the worldwide impact of Vatican
exhibition is the main event of Vatican Radio´s 80th
anniversary proceedings. Also
planned is the publication of a book on the history of Vatican Radio,
as well as the meeting of chairs of European radio stations.
head of the Vatican City said today that Vatican Radio has had the
same mission for its 80 years of existence: to bring the voice of the
Pope to the whole world, even to places where there is no religious
freedom.Card. Giovanni Lajolo
President, Governatorate of Vatican
remains the appropriate instrument, and, sometimes the only, to
spread a message of faith and freedom. Radio can overcome barriers
and enter the houses and places where faith continues to develop in
secret, at the risk of one´s own life.”
Fr. Federico Lombardi
Director, Vatican Radio “We
believe that we have a clear and constant mission. We serve for the
proclamation of the Gospel, in a specific way, as collaborators of
the Holy Father.”
1940 until 1946, Vatican Radio broadcast 1,270,000 messages, 12,105
hours of broadcasting that brought the voice and message of the pope
to the prison camps and battlefronts of World War II.
success of Vatican Radio is not limited to the past. With the advent
of new technologies, the radio of the pope has been reinvented. Now
80 years old and making the leap to internet radio and mobile
podcast, there is the hope that the new challenges facing Vatican
Radio will be met with at least 80 more years of success.