Information from Vatican Television on worldwide telecasts for Pope Francis during Christmas 2017

10 Dec 2017

Please see below information provided by Vatican Television regarding the worldwide telecasts of the public liturgies to be celebrated by Pope Francis during Christmas 2017:

Christmas Eve, 24 December: Midnight Mass presided over by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Celebration time 20.25 – 22.30 approximately UTC/GMT
Christmas Day, 25 December: Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi Blessing of Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square. Celebration time 11.00 – 11.30 approximately UTC/GMT

Satellite distribution
Offered freely to all broadcasters via Eurovision Worldfeed. To be confirmed:
Africa: Eutelsat 5 West A (ex AB3) @ 355° E
Americhe: SES-6 @ 319.5° E
Asia: Asiasat 5 @ 100.5° E
Europa: Eutelsat 7A @ 7° E
US Domestic: Galaxy @

Audio commentaries offered by Vatican Radio in English, Spanish, and French on satellite audio channels.

For Catholic Television Outlets:
Europa: Eutelsat Hotbird 13B (HD) @ 13° E
Americhe: Hispasat 1E @ 30° W

Audio commentaries in other languages provided by Vatican Radio via audio over IP connection (AOIP). Availability is limited and requests should be addressed to the International Relations Office of Vatican Radio [email protected] (tel. +39 06 698 83945), which will be assigned on a first come first served basis

Coordination of World Telecasts
Vatican Television Center
Email: [email protected]
Web: Christmas 2017
Tel: +39 06 698 85300
Fax: +39 06 698 85192

Satellite Distribution
Eurovision World Feed Desk
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +41 22 717 2822
Fax: +41 22 747 4822

Audio Commentaries
International Relations Office
Radio Vaticana
Email: [email protected]
tel. +39 06 698 83945

Television commentary positions, available in Vatican City (Aula delle Benedizioni)
International Relations Office
Vatican Radio
Email: [email protected]
tel. +39 06 698 83945
Mr. Roberto Romolo


For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678