Vatican Television Center

Vatican Television Center
Centro Televisivo Vaticano
Country Vatican City
Owner Holy See
Key people
Dario Edoardo Viganò, Director (possibly vacant; he was appointed the first Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications on Saturday, June 28, 2015 by Pope Francis in a motu proprio ("on his own initiative") apostolic letter; Vatican Television Center will eventually be incorporated into the Secretariat[1][2]
Established 1983
Official website
Official site

The Vatican Television Center (Italian: Centro Televisivo Vaticano, CTV) is the Holy See national broadcaster of Vatican City State. Vatican Central Television was first aired in 1983.

History of the channel

Created in 1983 by Pope John Paul II, the Vatican Television Center is, since November 1996, an institution legally associated with the Vatican.

The main services that it offers are live broadcasts, daily help to other media, creation of television programs and archives stock control.


Board of directors

General directors
Administrative secretaries


CTV’s main goal is the universal expansion of the Catholicism and the diffusion of the Gospel truth by creating television materials and broadcasting images of the Pope and of Vatican activities.


Programs are mainly based on what happens in the Vatican. Daily prayers such as Angelus, general audiences on Wednesdays and various celebrations are broadcast. The Pope’s travels around the world are also broadcast. Each year, CTV broadcasts around 130 events in the Vatican and covers daily public activities of the Pope and his main activities outside the Vatican.


Live broadcasts are made on the Vatican’s website and by other Italian catholic television channels such as Telepace or TV2000, and foreign television channels such as KTO. If asked CTV also gives images to other television channels for events in the Vatican or during Pope’s visits all around the world. In Vatican, it can offer assistance setting up press center and press conference but also with services of special reporters and video and audio help for foreign television channels.


CTV produced many documentaries during the reigns of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. It made documentaries on the lives of Pope, on the Vatican City and on the main churches of Catholicism. They were broadcast in English, Spanish, French and in other languages.

Archive center

CTV owns a library of more than 10.000 recordings, that means 4.000 hours of recordings and images of Pope John Paul II’s reign since 1984. This library is open to foreign television channels and to documentary producers from all around the world. The secretary of CTV is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

See also


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