Seàn Patrick Lovett talks to a group of schoolchildren in one of Vatican Radio's studios (Photo : Vatican News)

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Feb 18 : Pope Pius XI’s wish to invest in a radio station that would bring the voice of the Pope and the Gospel message to every corner of the earth goes back to the 1920s.

So he asked the Italian inventor and electrical engineer, Guglielmo Marconi, to help him set up the enterprise. Thus, Vatican Radio was inaugurated on 12 February 1931 and entrusted to the Jesuit Order.

Eight pontiffs later, the Pope is Francis, and it is with his voice the Radio celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021.

Celebrating the Radio’s 90th anniversary, Seàn Patrick Lovett, one of the radio's historic voices, shines the spotlight on five papacies and reflects on the power and the intimacy of this unique medium.

Seàn arrived at the Radio in the 1970s as a young reporter during the papacy of Pope St Paul VI. During his long career involving five papacies, in order: Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, Sean headed the English Section, “invented” and directed the multi-lingual “One-O-Five Live” Programme, liaised with students and journalists from all walks of life, reporting and travelling with the Popes, bringing their voices and messages to English-speaking listeners across the continents. 

 

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Courtesy : Vatican News

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