SMALL IS proving beautiful for Vatican Radio which has introduced taster record playing with the digital compact disc to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its stereophonic music programme Studio A.
The Studio A programme, run by the American Jesuit Jack St George, has such a following in Rome that a monthly giving its programmes is on sale in the City.
Vatican Radio is now receiving three times as much money as during Paul VI's pontificate. This is a sign of confidence in it and it is responding by expanding its services.
Its four-language news service is now being transmitted three times daily instead of twice as was the case last year. It has also begun to transmit regular programmes in French, Spanish and English as well as Italian for Rome.
It is about to increase the strength and duration of its transmissions for Europe.
The Vatican has never acted on its right to a televsion satellite. Apart from the costs involved the countries who receive the satellite television programmes have to approve them.
"Satellite television is
gagged," said one Radio Vatican official but he went on to point out that a satellite could also be used for radio: where the Church is most in need, he added.