The Angelus

The Angelus is an Irish Radio and television programme first broadcast in 1950. On radio it is broadcast at 12:00 and 18:00 every day. On television, it is is broadcast at 18:00, immediately before the main evening news. Since 2009, the programme on television no longer includes Catholic imagery and the Angelus prayer itself is never broadcast.

The bells were first (and still are) recorded from St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral,although initially broadcast live.

Radio Éireann first broadcast The Angelus on 15 August 1950. Secretary of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs Leon Ó bROIN and Archbishop Of Dublin John Charles McQuaid had discussed the original idea in the late 1940s.

The broadcast of the Angelus by RTÉ has been called into question from time to time. A number of religious faiths outside Catholicism, notably the Church of Ireland and Presbyterian Church in Ireland, have called for its continuation.

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