I received good news this morning.
For Christmas, Vatican Radio’s website is offering its users a new service. It will allow users to stream liturgical celebrations presided over by the Holy Father through audio/video, live and in high definition: The Vigil Mass on Friday, December 24 starting at 22.00; the Christmas Message with the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing on December 25 starting at 12:00; and the marking of the World Day of Peace on January 1 at 10.00.
Audio will be available in the following languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. For the vigil on December 24 commentary in Chinese will be available, and for the celebration on January 1 Arabic will also be available. [How about NO LANGUAGE?]
It is great that they are updating! Usually in the Vatican they update their technology every 75 years, whether it needs it or not.
A view of their new viewer:
Many people who like to watch the Papal Masses on TV or over the internet have often lamented that they would like a raw feed without the voice over commentary. Sadly, because the commentary is from the Vatican RADIO, there is sometimes too much chatter for a stream with video.
We whiners and complainers need to keep pushing for a stream without voice over commentary.
at 10.00 pm [ROME TIME]
From St. Peter’s Basilica, Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Pope Benedict XVI
Live Broadcast from 09.50 p.m.
– in French for Western Africa on kHz 7.365, 9.755 SW, for the Rome area on MHz 93,3 FM and via Internet on Channel 1
-in Chinese for Asia on kHz 6.025, 7.410 SW, for the Rome area on MHz 103,8 FM and via Internet on Channel 2
-in German for Central-Western Europe on kHz 5.885 SW, for the Rome area on kHz 1.611 MW and via Internet on Channel 3
-in Spanish for Central America on kHz 7.335 SW, for the Rome area on kHz 1.260 MW and via Internet on Channel 4
-in Italian for Italy on kHz 4.005 SW and kHz 1.530 MW, for the Rome area on kHz 585 MW, MHz 105,0 FM, for Europe linked up with RAI and via internet on Channel 5
-in Portuguese for Africa on kHz 11.630 SW and via Internet on Channel 6