INSTITUTIONS CONNECTED WITH THE HOLY SEE

Vatican Secret Archives

Archivist: Archbishop Jorge Maria Mejia
Prefect: Fr Sergio Pagano, C.R.S.P.
Vice-Prefect: Fr Ugo Paoli, O.S.B.Silv.

This institution along with the Vatican Library are responsible for the guardianship of much of the greatest treasures of the modern era. These include original manuscripts form our greatest authors and documents and historic memorabilia from the most important events in history.


Vatican Apostolic Library

Librarian: Archbishop Jorge Maria Mejia
Prefect: Fr Raffaele Farina, S.D.B.

The earliest origins of the Papal library are lost in antiquity, but practically nothing has remained of this period. The modern period begins with Nicholas V (1447-1455), humanist and founder of a notable private collection which has to form the first nucleus of the present library. Sixtus IV gave juridical form to the library conceived by Nicholas V with the bull Ad decorem militantis ecclesiae of 15 June 1475. As of 1 January 1996 the patrimony of the library included 1,600,000 printed books, 8,300 incunabula (of which 65 printed on vellum), 150,000 manuscript volumes, 100,000 prints and engravings, 300,000 coins and medals, and 20,000 objects of art.


Vatican Press(Vatican Polyglot)

Director-General: Fr Elio Torrigiani, S.D.B.

The official printing plant of the Holy See. Called polyglot (many tongues) from the 30+ languages in which it publishes.


L'Osservatore Romano

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Mario Agnes
Editor of French-language weekly: Dr Jean-Michel Coulet
Editor of English-language weekly: Mons. Robert J. Dempsey
Editor of Spanish-language weekly: Fr Arturo Gutierrez Gomez, L.C.
Editor of Portuguese-language weekly: Mons. Expedito Marcondes
Editor of German-language weekly: Dr Hans-Joachim Kracht
Editor of Polish-language monthly: Fr Czeslaw Drazek, S.J.

The semi-offical newspaper of the Holy See, published daily in Italian and weekly in 6 other languages. It carries the entire text of all the public addresses of the Holy Father, the texts of major papal and curial documents and articles by approved authors. In the US the weekly English edition is published and distributed for the Holy See by the Cathedral Foundation (410) 547-5380.


Vatican Publishing House
Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Chairman: Archbishop Giovanni De Andrea
Director: Fr Nicolo Suffi, S.D.B.

Publishes and distributes (as opposed to prints) the liturgical, Magisterial and other documents of the Holy See.


Vatican Radio

President: Fr Roberto Tucci, S.J.
Director-General: Fr Pasquale Borgomeo, S.J.


Vatican Television Centre

President: Fr Roberto Tucci, S.J.
Director-General: Fr Pasquale Borgomeo, S.J.

The aim of the Vatican Television Center (CTV) is to contribute to spreading the Good News of the Gospel by using television to document the Pope's pastoral ministry and the activity of the Apostolic See.


Office of Papal Charities

Almoner of His Holiness: Archbishop Oscar Rizzato

This agency distributes funds to persons in need in and around Rome and throughout the world.


Labour Office of the Apostolic See

President: Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte, C.I.C.M.
Vice-President: Archbishop Giovanni De Andrea

Responsible for labor relations of the Holy See with its employees. Settles labor issues which arise. Instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1989.


Central Statistics Office

Compiles, systematizes and analyzes information on the status and condition of the Church. Attached to the Secretariate of State


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