Papal Ceremonies for Christmas 2011

06 Dec 2011

Broadcast details of the Papal ceremonies for Christmas 2011 and World Day of Peace 2012

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has published the following broadcasting arrangements regarding the Papal ceremonies for Christmas 2011 and World Day of Peace 2012:

Date Scheduled Time – Rome Time Broadcast
Saturday, 24 December 2011 Christmas EveSunday, 25 December 2011



Sunday, 1 January 2012 New Year’s Day Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

22.00 – 24.00 

12:00 to 12:45



10:00 to 11:45

Midnight Mass presided over byPope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter’s Basilica


Christmas Message and Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” of

Pope Benedict XVI from Saint Peter’s Square


Mass presided over by Pope Benedict XVI

in Saint Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of

the 45th World Day of Peace



Satellite Distribution

Eurovision World Feed -free worldwide access for all broadcasters

Africa: Atlantic Bird 3 @ 355°E

Americas: NSS806 @ 319.5°E

US Domestic: Galaxy 17 @ 91°W (only for 24-25/12)

Asia: Asiasat 5 @ 100.5°E

Europe: Eutelsat W3A @ 7°E

Vatican Television Center (CTV)

Americas: Telstar 12 @ 15° W

Europe: Eutelsat Hotbird 8 @ 13° E

Television commentaries from the Vatican in English, Spanish and French will be offered on the satellite audio channels. Commentary in other languages, yet to be determined, will be available via ISDN from Vatican Radio. Distribution by ISDN is limited and may be requested from the International Relations Office of Vatican Radio ([email protected]) which will provide them on a first come, first served basis. Further details will be posted when available on  Broadcasters unable to receive satellite audio signals can use telephone circuits with the Vatican by contacting : Mr Joseph Soureal (Telecom Italia Sparkle), email: [email protected].  Details concerning the various satellites and frequencies will be posted on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications’ website, in addition to texts and background information for television producers and commentators. For those unable to receive the broadcasts through the above service providers, alternative satellite reception possibilities can be explored (send email to: [email protected]).



Eurovision World Feed Desk (Sara Alonso)

Tel: +41 22 717 2822; fax: +41 22 747 4822; email: [email protected]


Television commentary positions available in Vatican City:

RAI Eurovision (Lucia Colafrancesco)

Tel: +39 06 3317-1151 / 52; fax: +39 06 3317-0053; email: [email protected]

Television commentary in other languages from Vatican Radio:

International Relations Office, Vatican Radio

Tel: +39 06 698 83945; email: [email protected]

Telephone Lines and Service:

Telecom Italia Sparkle (Joseph Soureal)

Tel. +39 06 5274-4067; fax +39 06 5274-4413; email: [email protected];


All other inquiries:

Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Thaddeus Jones)

Tel: +39 06 698 91810; fax: +39 06 698 91840; email: [email protected]; web:

Further information:

Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444