Pope Benedict XVI visited the studios of Vatican Radio, the broadcasting station of the Holy See, in Palazzo Pio on 3 March to mark the stations 75th anniversary. The pontiff met representatives of the stations 39 language sections and viewed its new offices, and his visit was broadcast live by the radio itself and on television. Its a day to celebrate the importance of the station, said Arben Ndreca, who works for the Albanian section of Vatican Radio and was among those who met the Pope. During the communist regime in Albania, Vatican Radio was one of the few sources of news from the West, he continued. I remember people getting up at 4.30 because they wanted to listen. Its the same now for Christians in places like Iraq and Nigeria. Vatican radio was started by Guglielmo Marconi on 12 February 1931 and was inaugurated by Pope Pius XVI.
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