December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON—The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis on Christmas and New Year’s Day. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).
• Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 20:30-22:30 hours, Midnight Mass, presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica.
• Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day, 11:00-11:30 hours, Christmas Message and the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing of Pope Francis from St. Peter’s Square.
• Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 09:00-11:30 hours, Mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of the 47th World Day of Peace.
The Pontifical Masses and events will also be streamed live through The Pope App, which will make it accessible via smartphones and tablets.
Satellite distribution in the Americas is: NSS806, 319.5o E or Intelsat805, 55.5 o W.
Television commentaries from the Vatican in English, Spanish and French will be offered on the satellite audio channels of Eurovision World Feed. Details concerning various satellites and frequencies will be posted on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications’ website www.pccs.it/tj/telecasts.htm. Texts and background information for television producers and commentators will also be posted here.
Those unable to receive the broadcasts through the above service providers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative satellite reception possibilities.
All inquiries should be made to Thaddeus Jones at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications by telephone: +39 06 698 91810, fax: +39 06 698 91840, or to email@example.com.
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December 4, 2013