L’Osservatore Romano began with the daily newspaper. Founded in 1861, it has undergone a series of changes to meet the exigencies and expectations of each pontificate. The universal dimension of the Church, the encounter between faith and reason and the Church’s approach to the men and women of today are the editorial lines followed by the Vatican paper. It is both for the purpose of documentation and commentary on all papal texts and documents of the Holy See in Italian as well as in the original languages in which they were spoken or written. Our aim is to provide complete and accurate information on international affairs and the cultural debates and events happening in the Church on every continent. Special attention is also paid to ecumenism and to interreligious dialogue. The daily edition is published six days a week (except for Monday). It can be found at any major kiosk in larger Italian cities or can be ordered by subscription.
The weekly edition in French
Founded in 1949, the French edition was intended to spread accurate information regarding the papal magisterium and the life of the Church. The weekly publishes the Encyclicals, Exhortations, Messages and Apostolic Letters and the Pope’s discourses and homilies in full. Further, it presents the documents of dicasteries within the Roman Curia and relevant reflections. Coverage of the Pope’s Apostolic Journeys are published as special issues. The French edition is printed on Thursday and distributed in 132 countries. It can be acquired by subscription only and is printed at the Vatican.
The weekly edition in English
Founded in 1968, it offers full coverage of papal discourses, documents of the Roman Curia, and other texts, commentaries and news relating to the Holy See. Coverage of papal trips is published as a special issue. The English edition is published on Friday and distributed by subscription in all the countries in the world. The is printed at the Vatican, in the United States and in India, where, since 2009, it is also translated and printed in Malayalam to serve the six million Catholics who live in the State of Kerala.