I have been surfing around on the site of Radio Vaticana… Vatican Radio. There have been some attempts to integrate the CTV (Centro Televisivo Vaticano … Vatican TV) together with the Radio, through a good and useful pop-up player, but the Vatican Radio site remains one of the most confusing and poorly designed Catholics sites out there, alas.
I was first trying to discover if there is an app for Vatican Radio so that I could listen on my iPhone/iPad. No dice. I found one in the iTunes store, but pretty much every says it won’t connect. Useless. And you pay for it. I don’t mind paying for apps that work.
Then I was looking around for their broadcasts of Liturgy of the Hours in Latin. Can’t find them anymore. Nice. For vespers on the live stream for Christ the King we got some obviously Spanish speaking nuns singing Italian slop with a mixed choir.
On the live stream schedule for 105FM they are still broadcasting Lauds in Latin at 0530 GMT. There were once links for liturgical broadcasts and for Latin among the various languages. You have to be nearly psychic to find them now. Here is a useful link for the Latin broadcasts of the office.
You can bring up their on demand “podcasts” of archived shows on your iPhone using their mp3 links. The other links are useless and could even freeze up your phone… as they did to me.
I did manage to get the “player” to show me the live CTV stream on my iPhone.
In any event, the stream was good and clear.
Vatican Radio needs work. First things first, they need professional help to redesign the site. It reminds me of a Roman basilica, with various parts tacked on in different eras of its development. That’s great for a basilica. Not so great for Vatican Radio, I’m afraid.
And if you want to listen to the office come si deve, you can always seek out the Benedictine Monks in Norcia.