The attention to life between time and eternity is the secret of the Vatican newspaper and it could not be otherwise for a Catholic paper, which is open to the universal. It follows the Church which is Catholic, open to all in every time and place. Capable of harmonizing unity and multiplicity of people and culture, a home where one practices the freedom of the children of God.
In 1861, while the Osservatore Romano was being born in Rome and in Turin, the unity of Italy was being celebrated for the first time, a priest from Piemonte named Giovanni Bosco, set up the first Salesian typography for young artisans. With those machines, which then were avant-garde, operated by young people, Don Bosco printed and distributed the Storia della Chiesa and Letture cattoliche, fore-runners of the modern magazine and instant book. In 1937, Pius XI, a Pope who was friends with Don Bosco and of the Osservatore Romano, entrusted the Vatican typography, where the Holy See’s newspaper has always been printed, to the Salesians.
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