Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary

Vatican Radio will launch a 24-hour web radio to mark its 90th anniversary on Friday.

The web radio, debuting Feb. 12, will make Vatican Radio broadcasts available over the internet in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Armenian.

The broadcasts will also be available via the Radio Vaticana app. Vatican Radio already transmits via radio waves, shortwave, satellite, DAB+, and digitally.

Vatican Radio will also launch a “reworked” website on Friday, according to Vatican News.

Vatican Radio was established by Pope Pius XI on Feb. 12, 1931. The Italian inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi designed and built the radio.

The first transmission was sent in Morse code: the words “In nomine Domini, Amen,” Latin for “in the name of the Lord, Amen.” Then, after a brief introduction by Marconi, Pope Pius XI gave the first papal message by radio, delivered in Latin.

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