One of the advantages that SIRIUS has over terrestrial radio is the ability to tailor its programming — and devote whole channels — to real-time events. In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York City from April 15-20, SIRIUS Satellite Radio is launching the Papal Archives Channel, devoted to comprehensive programming of Papal history as well as live coverage. From the press release:
”The Papal Archives Channel will air Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20 exclusively on SIRIUS channel 119, showcasing rare archival recordings of Masses and speeches from historic Papal Visits — which will include Pope John Paul II’s visits to the U.S. in 1979, 1987 and 1995 and Pope Paul VI’s visit to the U.S. in 1965. SIRIUS listeners will also hear the earliest known audio of a Pope’s voice, an extremely rare recording of Pope Leo XIII, the Holy Father from 1878-1903, singing Ave Maria at the Vatican circa 1902.”
The Papal Archives Channel is a production of SIRIUS’ The Catholic Channel, SIRIUS 159, which is a collaboration between the satellite radio station and the Archdiocese of New York.
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