Religion: New Voice for the Vatican

Done up in a white tie and swallow-tailed coat, 56-year-old Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio, addressed Pope Pius XI on Feb. 12, 1931: "Holy Father, the world is listening. Speak." Said the Pope: "Listen, O heavens, listen, O earth, listen, all peoples, lend your ear all of you who inhabit the globe ..."

With this exchange, the Vatican radio station built by Marconi began broadcasting 26 years ago. This week the Vatican radio (call letters: HVJ, which have no particular significance) will go on the air with a far stronger voice: a powerful, new transmitting station (cost: about $3,200,000). Located on...

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