Radio Radiation Seriously Affecting Neighbors
A Guest Document by BBC News (1)
May 9, 2005
The purpose of this brief guest document is, once again, to highlight
the absence of Christ like behavior by those who claim to
A Roman Catholic cardinal and a
priest in charge of Vatican Radio have been convicted of polluting the
atmosphere with powerful electromagnetic waves.
Cardinal Roberto Tucci and Father
Pasquale Borgomeo were given suspended 10-day jail sentences.
The Italian court also ordered them to pay damages and court costs.
Two scientific studies have suggested a field of Vatican Radio
broadcasting antennas north of Rome may have caused high rates of
cancer in the area.
The first, in 2001, found that magnetic fields around the transmitters
were much higher than normal limits allow.
The giant masts beam news programmes
worldwide in 40 languages.
A first trial was stopped in 2002 when a judge ruled that Italy had no
jurisdiction over the radio station because it was part of the Vatican
City, an independent sovereign state.
But that decision was later overturned and Cardinal Tucci, the
station's president, and Rev Borgomeo, its director general, went back
"After so many delays and so much wasted time, today we have achieved
an important success which underscores the need to protect people from
the risk of 'electro-smog'," said Roberto Della Seta, chairman of
environmental group Legambiente, after the verdict.
Raffaele Capone, who heads a residents
association in the Cesano area, said: "We hope that it will be removed
from our territory so that we can finally live in peace."
Some residents complained the transmissions were so strong they could
hear radio broadcasts through their domestic lamps.
However, Vatican Radio programme director Rev Federico Lombardi said:
He vowed to appeal, saying emissions were within international limits
and "in line with accords between Italy and the Vatican".
The judge said the level of damages payable by the defendants would be
set by a civil arbitration body. It could run into many millions of
Nothing new under the Sun - Mammon rules at the Vatican as it has for
the last 1600 years.
You may also want to see details
of other interesting aspects of the Vatican's communication machinery.
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