By virtue of its Statute, Vatican Radio is the broadcasting station of the Holy See, legally based in the Vatican City State. It is a mean of communication and evangelization created to serve the Pope’s Ministry. It was established by Guglielmo Marconi and inaugurated by Pius XI (Radio message Qui arcano Dei) on February 12th 1931.
The main task of Vatican Radio is to proclaim the Christian message freely, faithfully and efficiently and keeping the centre of Catholicism in contact with the different countries of the world by:
- diffusing the voice and the teachings of the Roman Pontiff;
- informing about the activities of the Holy See;
- giving information about the life and the activities of the Catholic Church in the world;
- helping the faithful to evaluate today’s problems in the light of the Teachings of the Church.
Vatican Radio gives advice and cooperation to Dioceses or Bishops’ Conferences in the field of radio broadcasting sector.
Vatican Radio has also the institutional task to record, amplify, and distribute the sound of all the official Vatican activities of the Holy Father and to exercise and protect, in an exclusive way, the copyright and intellectual property rights over the voice recordings of the Roman Pontiffs.
Fr. Federico Lombardi S.I. is the Director General of Vatican Radio since November 5th, 2005.