Reasoning: Christian Propaganda, Pseudoscience
World Press Freedom Rank: Italy 46/180
Founded in 1931, Vatican Radio is the official broadcasting service of the Vatican. Programming is produced by over two hundred journalists located in 61 different countries. Vatican Radio produces more than 42,000 hours of simultaneous broadcasting covering international news, religious celebrations, in-depth programs, and music. The current general director is Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.
Funded by / Ownership
Vatican Radio is owned by Secretariat for Communications of the Roman Curia.
Analysis / Bias
Vatican Radio (VR) is, as stated on the web site: “The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the World.”
In review, Vatican Radio exists to promote the Catholic faith to the world, and the majority of the stories on the site have a decidedly religious slant. That said, VR is not overly evangelical in its reporting. While the majority of the articles on VR focus on the day to day matters concerning the Vatican, and the Pope, they do carry some non-religion world news as well. These non-religious articles are factual and presented, with a minimum of religious bias. In comparison to other religion-based news sources, VR is, on the whole, well written, informative, and well presented. Unfortunately, Media Bias / Fact Check judges news sources primarily on factual content and bias in reporting.
Overall, faith-based reporting, by its nature, contains an inherent bias and presents information that is not verifiable by standard fact-checking methods. For this reason, VR is rated Questionable. (D. Kelley 4/8/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/22/2018)