Radio Maria (formally known as The World Family of Radio Maria; Spanish: Radio María, Portuguese: Rádio Maria, Croatian: Radio Marija, Maltese: Radju Marija, Lithuanian: Marijos Radijas, Hungarian: Mária Rádió, Russian: Радио Мария, Ukrainian: Радіо Марія, known in Germany as Radio Horeb) is an international Catholic radio broadcasting service founded in Erba, province of Como, in the diocese of Milan, Italy, in 1987.

Radio Maria
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Broadcast areaWorldwide
FrequencyFM, AM, shortwave, cable,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
FormatCatholic radio
OwnerAssociazione Radio Maria (The World Family of Radio Maria)
Vatican Radio
First air date
1987 (1987)
WebcastAmerica, Europe, Africa, Asia & Oceania

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998, mainly based on the Our Lady of Medjugorje apparitions and messages, and today has branches in 86 countries around the world. Its mission includes liturgy, catechesis, spirituality, devotions, prayer, spiritual assistance with everyday issues, information, music, and culture.


Its first broadcast facility was from a parish in Arcellasco d'Erba (province of Como, Italy), but in 1987 it became a separate entity outside its home parish as an association of lay people and priests as Radio Maria Italia. In less than five years, it grew into a national Catholic radio network throughout Italy. Though not directly connected with the Roman Catholic hierarchy, it was founded as an instrument of the Church and as a tool for evangelization, implementing and adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Initially it was inspired by the appeals made by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, and in more recent years based on the Marian messages from Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, pleading for worldwide conversion. As such, Radio Maria is not subsidized or funded by the Roman Catholic Church; instead it is underwritten by listener contributions.

Worldwide presence of Radio Maria broadcasters.

In 1994, the principal founder don M. Galbiati left Radio Maria and founded Radio Mater, also in Arcellasco d'Erba, as a totally separate entity. Since 5 September 1994 transmissions started in Albavilla in the province of Como. The Liturgy of the Hours is diffused in the Roman Rite. Radio Mater is broadcast via radio in Italy, in Europe via satellite (DVB-S Hot Bird), and worldwide via Internet (WMP).

Radio Maria's studio in Switzerland.
Radio Maria's outdoor advertising in the Philippines.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 out of its subsequent international growth in the 1990s, and pursuant to the 1987 speech by Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square addressing the need for a new evangelization. Emanuele Ferrario (inspired by the Pope's words to form a new evangelization) is the founder and president of Radio Maria, Inc., which has since grown into an association of 40 multilingual broadcast operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Overall, Radio Maria operates approximately 1,500 radio transmitters worldwide.

Radio Maria USAEdit

Its United States of America operation is one of the newest to join the World Family, in May 2000, with KJMJ (AM) in Alexandria, Louisiana, being the originating English-language station, together with a network of several FM and AM repeaters in Louisiana, an AM station in Port Arthur, Texas, on 1250 AM (KDEI), and an FM repeater in Anna, Ohio. An AM repeater in Springfield, Ohio, east of Dayton, commenced broadcasting in June 2008 with new FM repeaters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, coming on the air in June 2009, D'Iberville, Mississippi, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, both in May 2010. Spanish-language and Italian-language programming is heard on FM subcarrier frequencies in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. Italian-language programming can also be heard on the New York City FM subcarrier as well as French Canadian and English speaking services on FM subcarriers in Toronto, Ontario. Audiostreaming is available from most of these stations.

World Family of Radio MariaEdit

Radio stations in EuropeEdit

Nation Radio station (language) Website Availability Catholic Church
  Albania Radio Maria Shqiptare (in Albanian) FM coverage in major cities of Albania Albania
  Armenia Radio Maria Armenia Armenia
  Austria Radio Maria Österreich (in German) FM in selected cities; digital and cable nationwide Austria
  Belarus Radio Maria Belarus (in Belarusian) Internet streaming Belarus
  Belgium Radio Maria België (in Dutch) FM and DAB+ coverage of Flanders (Belgium) Belgium
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Radio Marija BiH (in Croatian) FM in Sarajevo and Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Croatia Radio Marija Hrvatska (in Croatian) FM in Zagreb, Split and Virovitica[1] Croatia
  France Radio Maria France (in French) 1467 AM in Southern France, 95.4 FM in Monaco France
  Germany Radio Horeb (in German) Affiliate station.
FM in selected areas; digital and cable nationwide;
FM in Maspalomas, Canary Islands
  Hungary Mária Rádió Magyarország (in Hungarian) FM national coverage Hungary
  Ireland Radio Maria Ireland (in English) Saorview (digital terrestrial television) channel 210 Ireland
  Italy Radio Maria Italia (in Italian) FM national coverage in Italy,
parts of Switzerland and Austria;
FM coverage in major cities of Albania.
DAB+ and DVB-T coverage in selected areas in Italy.
Radio Maria Südtirol (in German) FM coverage in South Tyrol (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) South Tyrol
  Kosovo Radio Maria Kosovë (in Albanian) Kosovo
  Latvia Radio Marija Latvija (in Latvian) FM coverage (93.2 FM in Valka, 97.0 FM in Krāslava, 97.1 FM in Liepāja, 97.3 FM in Rīga, 106.0 FM in Cēsis) Latvia
  Lithuania Marijos Radijas Lietuva (in Lithuanian) FM national coverage Lithuania
  Malta Radju Marija Malta (in Maltese) FM national coverage (102.3 FM in Malta, and 107.8 in Gozo). DAB+ Malta
  Monaco Radio Maria Monaco (in Italian) FM national coverage Monaco
  Netherlands Radio Maria Nederland (in Dutch) DAB+ national coverage, and internet Netherlands
  North Macedonia Радио Марија Македонија (in Macedonian) FM in Strumica North Macedonia
  Portugal Rádio Maria Portugal (in Portuguese) FM national coverage (102.2 FM in Lisbon, and 100.8 in Porto) Portugal
  Romania Radio Maria România (in Romanian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Zalău, Blaj and Baia Mare Romania
Mária Rádió Erdély (in Hungarian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Hargita and Tășnad
  Russia Радио Мария (in Russian) 1053 AM in Saint Petersburg
92.6 FM in Vyborg
  San Marino Radio Maria San Marino (in Italian) FM national coverage San Marino
  Serbia Radio Marija Srbija (in Serbian) FM in some cities, mainly in Vojvodina, but also in the south and southeast of the country Serbia
Mária Rádió Szerbia (in Hungarian)
  Slovakia Mária Rádió Felvidék (in Hungarian) Digital and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland Slovakia
  Spain Radio María España (in Spanish) DAB+ and FM national coverage in Spain and Andorra Spain
   Switzerland Radio Maria Deutschschweiz (in German)

DAB+ and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland Switzerland
  Ukraine Радіо Марія (in Ukrainian) 69.68 FM (OIRT band) in Kiev Ukraine
  United Kingdom Radio Maria England (in English) DAB+ in London, DAB in Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
   Vatican City Radio Maria Italia (in Italian) FM national coverage Vatican State

Radio stations in AsiaEdit

Nation Radio Station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
  Indonesia Radio Maria Indonesia Indonesian 104.2 FM in Medan, North Sumatra Indonesia
  Iraq Radio Mariam Erbil Arabic 104.9 FM in Erbil Iraq
  Israel Radio Maria Nazareth – Holy Land Hebrew Arabic Israel
  India Radio Maria India English India
  Lebanon Radio Maria Liban French Liban
  Macau Radio Maria Macau Chinese Macau
  Philippines Radio Maria Philippines

Radyo Maria Pilipinas


Filipino FM in 4 cities, mainly on Luzon Island; cable coverage in selected areas, Cignal Channel 315 Philippines
Middle East Radio Mariam Arabic Internet radio Middle East

Radio stations in OceaniaEdit

Nation Radio Station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
  Papua New Guinea Radio Maria Papua New Guinea English FM national coverage[2] and Shortwave[3] Papua New Guinea
  Australia Radio Maria Australia English DAB+ in Sydney and Melbourne Australia

Radio stations in AfricaEdit

Nation Radio station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
  Angola Radio Maria Angola Portuguese Angola
  Burkina Faso Radio Maria Burkina Faso French 91.6 FM in Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM in Koupéla Burkina Faso
  Burundi Radio Maria Burundi French FM in major cities Burundi
  Cameroon Radio Maria Cameroon Cameroon
  Central African Republic Radio Maria Centrafrique French FM in major cities Central African Republic
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Radio Maria RDC, Kinshasa morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Lingala)
Radio Maria RDC, Bukavu morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Goma morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Kananga morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Luba-Lulua) Democratic Republic of the Congo
  Equatorial Guinea Radio María Guinea Ecuatorial Spanish Equatorial Guinea
  Gabon Radio Maria Gabon FM in major cities Gabon
  Guinea Radio Voice of Peace Guinea
  Ivory Coast Radio Maria Côte d'Ivoire FM in major cities Ivory Coast
  Kenya Radio Maria Kenya English 88.1 FM in Murang'a Kenya
  Lesotho Radio Maria Lesotho Lesotho
  Liberia Radio Maria Liberia Liberia
  Madagascar Radio Maria Madagascar Madagascar
  Malawi Radio Maria Malawi Malawi
  Mozambique Rádio Maria Moçambique Portuguese FM in major cities Mozambique
  Republic of the Congo Radio Maria Congo French FM in major cities Republic of the Congo
  Rwanda Radio Maria Rwanda (in Kinyarwanda)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in French)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in English) FM national coverage Rwanda
  Sierra Leone Radio Maria Sierra Leone English FM in major cities[4] Sierra Leone
  South Africa Radio Veritas English Affiliate station.
576 AM in Meyerton
South Africa
  Tanzania Radio Maria Tanzania (in English)
Radio Maria Tanzania (in Swahili)
English FM in major cities Tanzania
  Togo Rádio Maria Togo French FM in major cities Togo
  Uganda Radio Maria Uganda English / Luganda FM in major cities Uganda
  Zambia Radio Maria Zambia English FM in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and Mozambique Zambia

Radio stations in the AmericasEdit

Nation Radio station (language) Availability Website Catholic Church
  Argentina Radio María Argentina (in Spanish) AM and FM national coverage Argentina
  Bolivia Radio María Bolivia (in Spanish) FM national coverage Bolivia
  Brazil Rádio Maria Brasil (in Portuguese) 107.9 FM in Brasília Brazil
  Canada Radio Maria Canada (in Italian)
Radio Maria Canada (in French)
FM subcarriers in Montréal (CIRA-FM 91.3) and Toronto (CHIN-FM 100.7) Canada
HMWN Radio Maria (in English) FM subcarrier in Toronto (CFNY-FM 102.1) Canada
  Chile Radio María Chile (in Spanish) FM national coverage Chile
  Colombia Radio María Colombia (in Spanish) AM in major cities Colombia
  Costa Rica Radio María Costa Rica (in Spanish) 610 AM in San José Costa Rica
  Dominican Republic Radio María República Dominicana (in Spanish) 1240 AM in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
  Ecuador Radio María Ecuador (in Spanish) FM national coverage Ecuador
  El Salvador Radio María El Salvador (in Spanish) 810 AM nationwide and 107.3 FM in San Salvador El Salvador
  Guatemala Radio María Guatemala (in Spanish) FM national coverage Guatemala
  Honduras Radio María Honduras (in Spanish) FM national coverage Honduras
  Mexico Radio María México (in Spanish) Multiple stations, most owned by Fundación Cultural para la Sociedad Mexicana Mexico
  Nicaragua Radio María Nicaragua (in Spanish) 1400 AM Managua, FM in major cities Nicaragua
  Panama Radio María Panamá (in Spanish) FM national coverage Panama
  Paraguay ZPV137 Radio María Paraguay (in Spanish) 107.3 FM in Areguá Paraguay
  Peru Radio María Perú (in Spanish) FM national coverage Peru
  Uruguay Radio María Uruguay (in Spanish) FM in major cities, 1470 AM in Melo Uruguay
  USA Radio Maria United States (in English) AM and FM in Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; FM HD3 affiliate in Miami, Florida (programming originates from station KJMJ.) United States of America
Radio Maria Stati Uniti (in Italian) FM subcarriers in NYC, Chicago and Bridgeport United States of America
Radio María Estados Unidos (in Spanish) FM subcarriers in Boston, NYC, Washington, Chicago and Houston United States of America
  Venezuela Radio María Venezuela (in Spanish) 1450 AM in Caracas Venezuela


Radio Maria's studio in Chile.

Programming mostly consists of traditional Catholic worship music, but some stations also air a mix of traditional and contemporary Catholic music, along with various talk and teaching programs discussing the Catholic faith, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary, novenas, and Masses.


Radio Maria's programming mostly emanates from one centrally located studio or station in a given region or country, and is then re-broadcast (or "simulcast") on a network of repeater transmitters on the AM and FM bands. Some employ the use of a subcarrier, also known as SCA (for "Subsidiary Communications Authority") facilities of FM stations, requiring the use of a receiver designed to receive SCA signals. Since the emergence of the internet, audio-streaming has been used extensively as a means to help fill in gaps left by the unavailability of AM or FM frequencies in metropolitan areas already taken up by commercial, public, or other religious broadcasters.

Starting in June 2008, there have been shortwave transmissions originating from Italy at 26 MHz and at 26.01 MHz DRM making it the only (and last) shortwave service originating in Italy besides Vatican Radio.[5] There are presently no commercial satellite radio subscription services (such as Sky Digital, Sirius or XM) of Radio Maria. However, its Spanish-language, Italian-language, and Polish-language stations may be available in some areas served by the Dish Pronto division of Dish Network, a satellite television subscription service.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 25 October 2011
  2. ^ Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea. "Brief History". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ Bclnews (30 March 2011). "4960kHz Radio Maria Papua Nuova Guinea". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Radio Maria – Sierra Leone" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ Italradio – Osservatorio Radiofonia Internazionale in Lingua Italiana (23 June 2008). "Radio Maria: the last and only Short Wave from Italy". Retrieved 14 June 2011.

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