"L'Osservatore Romano"


Editions in Italian

«L'Osservatore Romano », the Vatican newspaper, has been published daily since 1861.
It is the source of information concerning the Holy See.
As a sort of spokesman of the universal Church, it reports on the life of Catholics in the various countries and continents.
In Italian two other editions are also published:
" L'Osservatore Romano ", Sunday edition, and " L'Osservatore Romano ", weekly edition.

Editions in Other Languages

In 1946, after the Second World War, a weekly edition of " L'Osservatore Romano " in French began publication.
Following many request for the teachings of the Pope to be translated and published in orther languages too, a series of weekly editions was introduced:
in English (1968), in Spanish (1969), in Portuguese (1970), in German (1971) and the monthly one in Polish (1980).

The aim of these editions is the same of the daily edition:
to spread the words of the Pope, the documents of the Offices of the Holy See and news on life of the Church in the various countries and continents.

In CD-ROM The history of the Church and the world
throught the pages of L'Osservatore Romano

Editrice " L'Osservatore Romano " has transferred from microfilm to CD - ROM the whole collection of the Italian daily edition of the Vatican newspaper " L'Osservatore Romano ".
The collection contains all issues since 1 July 1861 until 31 Decembre 1996.
Despite many difficulties in microfilms the very old newspapers, because of pages yellowed with age or printed on different types of paper used over the past 130 years, we have been able to produce texts that are almost all completely legible.

Technical data

The CD - ROM contains a program of automatic installation.
Every page of the paper is archived as image and can be viewed on the computer screen or printed out.
The whole collection is archived in chronological order and a search can be made by month and day of the publication.
Subject search is not possible.
Minimum software requirements:
Windows 95 or Windows NT4.
Personal computer:
Pentium 90 Mhz or higher with 4Mb free on hard disc, CD 6x or higher.

Update for using CD with WINDOWS XP system
Downloading file

All editions: 1997 - 2010

All pages, in chronogilcal order, can be viewed on the computer screen or printed out.

There is also a pratical index which allows a speedy subject and word search.

Technical Data

Minimum software requirements:
Windows 3.x or later version.

Personal computer:
PC 486 DX2 66 Mhz with at least 4 Mb free on hard disc,
Ram memory 8 Mb, video SVGA 512 Kb, CD 4x or higher.

The technology used (pdf) allows consultation with Macintosh machines, with Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later version.

For the 1999 edition
Should you have difficulty in viewing certain pages of the index of the daily edition, follow this procedure:

Windows users

  1. Download the Ortimesr.ttf file onto your own computer
  2. Cpy the file in the symbols folder located in the control panel
  3. restart the CD-ROM

For additiopnal information contact technical support services by telephone: +39.06.69899380 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. or by e-mail



                    US $   Euro
CD-ROM from 1997 to 2009 65,00 50,00
2010 DVD 80,00 60,00
Collections 1861-1996 CD_ROM 2.750,00 2.065,00

Our rates do not include shipping charges


As from 2011, the DVD of L'Osservatore Romano has not been published
because the archives section is under construction and will be available
for consultation on the L'Osservatore Romano website.

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telephone +39 06.698.99.482 e-mail: Info@ossrom.va - telefax. +39 06.6988.51.64

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