WASHINGTON (April 21, 2005) – The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications has released information for broadcasters on the satellite transmission of the Mass for the Inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI.
The Mass is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, at 10:00 a.m. locally in Rome (4:00 a.m. ET), from St. Peter's Square.
Television coverage of these ceremonies - for worldwide distribution - will be provided by Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), in cooperation with the Vatican Television Center (CTV), and will be coordinated by this Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
These telecasts will be available in the United States through INTELSAT.
Television networks and stations which wish to take part in these worldwide TV telecasts are asked to contact:
Telespazio, Sergio Bernardi by phone at 39 06 4079 3487; by fax at 39 06 407 1790; or by E-mail at email@example.com)
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications will make available, for those who request it, commentary for the celebrations in any one of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Ukrainian; RAI will make available commentary in Italian. In addition to the television images, the INTELSAT and PanAmSat satellites will carry international sound and commentary in the languages noted above.
Television networks and stations which, for technical reasons, cannot make use of satellite audio signals can use telephone circuits with the Vatican by contacting: Telecom Italia, Joseph Soureal by phone at 39 06 3689 4067/4657, or by fax at 39 06 3689 4506/4413.
For fully equipped positions for television commentators in the Braccio di Carlo Magno, next to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, interested networks and stations are asked to contact Laura Maggiore at RAI (phone: 39 06 3317 0053/2814; Fax +39 06 3317 1151; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications will cover the technical expenses for satellite uplink.